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Michigan’s year-long study of Line 5 alternatives has been released. Now is the time to submit your comment calling for the only way to truly protect the Great Lakes from an oil spill: decommission the Enbridge Line 5 pipelines through the Straits of Mackinac.

Protect the Great Lakes from a Catastrophic Oil Spill

Deadline for comments is August 4, so please submit yours today via this online form in support of protecting the Great Lakes from a catastrophic oil spill.

To the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Agency for Energy, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and Office of the Attorney General:

I am writing to submit my official comment in response to the State of Michigan’s Line 5 alternatives analysis. This report was expressly commissioned for the overall purpose of “providing the State, Enbridge and the public with information that can be used to help guide decisions for the future of [Line 5 in the Straits].”

I am deeply disappointed in this analysis and this process riddled with conflict of interest. It lacks credibility because Dynamic Risk, a firm with ties to Enbridge, is its author. Even worse, it absurdly underestimates the impact of a spill and ignores a viable alternative to Line 5 – use of existing infrastructure. An expert review in December 2015 by advisors to a Great Lakes policy organization documented the practicality of this alternative.

Decommissioning Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac is the only alternative that will prevent an oil spill with catastrophic consequences for the Great Lakes and the State of Michigan. It is time for the state to stop delaying action with flawed studies, exercise its legal duty as public trustee, and shut down Line 5. The state should use that authority through enforcement of its easement, an agreement that Enbridge has consistently violated. 

Specifically, the draft report on alternatives to Line 5 in the Mackinac Straits:

  1. Fails to follow the recommendations and standards outlined in the Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force Report and should be withdrawn.
  2. Neglects to provide the state with an independent, fair analysis of the alternatives to Line 5. This report is clearly biased toward allowing Line 5 to continue to operate and/or allowing Enbridge to build new oil infrastructure and further expand its operations. That bias grows out of past, and potentially future, business relationships between Enbridge and the report’s authors. Clearly, the authors are not “wholly independent from any influence by Enbridge,” a standard for establishing credibility in the report’s findings that is outlined in the Task Force Report.
  3. Ignores using existing pipeline infrastructure as an alternative to Line 5 in the Straits, which was one of the alternatives the state required Dynamic Risk to analyze, and leaving it out is in conflict with Task Force recommendation 3 (b). It is unacceptable that the contractor eliminated this alternative in the early stages of analysis, and this must be remedied in the final report.
  4. Does not provide a worst-case scenario spill and cost analysis, which was one of the main objectives of this report and was specifically required by the state in its request for proposals under Section II-B. Instead, Dynamic Risk uses assumptions of risk that are woefully inadequate and are not credible. It estimates that:
    • Only 20-miles of shoreline would be impacted by a spill. This is 3% of the 720-mile area the University of Michigan found vulnerable to a spill in its 2016 study.
    • An oil spill would cost $100 to $200 million when Enbridge’s cleanup costs of its Kalamazoo River Line 6B pipeline oil spill in 2010 cost more than $1.2 billion.
  5. Overestimates an impact to propane supply, greatly exceeding what independent experts have determined would be necessary to provide the Upper Peninsula’s Rapid River facility with an alternative supply. The flawed report finds that up to 35 railcars per week or 15 truckloads per day would be necessary, while another study found it would take only one railcar or 3 - 4 truckloads per day to replace Line 5 propane supply to the U.P.
  6. Shows unfair bias towards building a tunneled pipeline. The report estimates the cost of a tunnel much lower than other estimates for this type of infrastructure; it fails to consider the risk of a spill to the Great Lakes, rivers and streams from other portions of the 64-year-old pipeline if the Straits portion were rebuilt; and it fails to look at the other health and environmental consequences of allowing Enbridge to build a tunnel and further expand its transport of mostly Canadian oil through Michigan for export. Dynamic Risk has a preference for new pipelines, which was evident when the firm aggressively promoted building a tunnel in its proposal to do this report, and its analysis is deeply flawed.

The magnitude of the risk of a spill is too severe to allow Line 5 to continue to operate in the Great Lakes. Michigan should not put the Great Lakes, our economy, health, drinking water, fisheries, and way of life at risk from a catastrophic oil spill any longer.

I urge you to act as legal public trustees of our waters and bottomlands, enforce the ongoing easement violations, and begin the process of decommissioning Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac to protect the Great Lakes from a catastrophic oil spill. The State of Michigan has an independent legal duty to take this enforcement action based on Enbridge’s ongoing violations.

Please note that submitting your public comment here has nothing to do with the Line 5 ballot proposal that is being circulated.

 

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  • signed 2017-07-06 12:14:50 -0400
    1. If feedback from a reading of the risk analysis by Oil & Water Don’t Mix is accurate (and I believe it is) and the State of Michigan is also accurate in its claim of conflict of interest (and I believe it is), the risk analysis is unworthy of serious consideration. 2. Why are public hearings between now and early August only being held at places distant from Michigan’s major population centers, especially Southeast Michigan/Metropolitan Detroit when 20% of all Michigan jobs depend on oil-free Great Lakes? 3. Shut down Line 5 now or give Michiganders a full and detailed and believable explanation of WHY NOT. 4. Do not permit Enbridge to tamper and bandage the Line5 in its attempt to prolong its use it.
  • signed 2017-07-06 12:12:40 -0400
  • signed 2017-07-06 12:11:59 -0400
    To whom is concerned about our Great Lakes:


    The magnitude of the risk of a spill is too severe to allow Line 5 to continue to operate in the Great Lakes. Michigan should not put the Great Lakes, our economy, health, drinking water, fisheries, and way of life at risk from a catastrophic oil spill any longer.


    I urge you to act as legal public trustees of our waters and bottomlands, enforce the ongoing easement violations, and begin the process of decommissioning Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac to protect the Great Lakes from a catastrophic oil spill. The State of Michigan has an independent legal duty to take this enforcement action based on Enbridge’s ongoing violations.


    Please do the only right thing. Please shut down Line 5. Thank you.


    Godspeed,

    Suzanne L. Hewitt

    United Methodist Women

    Grand Rapids MI
  • signed 2017-07-06 12:11:20 -0400
  • signed 2017-07-06 12:10:58 -0400
    The report is not substantial
  • signed 2017-07-06 12:08:47 -0400
    I support decommissioning of the Line 5 and The Great Lakes are no place for oil pipelines. Also, a spill would devastate our Pure Michigan economy.
  • signed 2017-07-06 12:08:35 -0400
    No amount of risk of oil contamination in the Great Lakes is acceptable.
  • signed 2017-07-06 12:05:04 -0400
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-07-06 12:04:54 -0400
    It's up to us to tell the State of Michigan the only acceptable way to protect the Great Lakes is SHUTDOWN LINE 5.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-07-06 12:03:45 -0400
    It's up to us to tell the State of Michigan the only acceptable way to protect the Great Lakes is SHUTDOWN LINE 5.
  • signed 2017-07-06 12:03:19 -0400
    We have a pipeline that has used up it’s expected life and we should not be considering extending permits to allow it to continue functioning. Remeber the invasive species foul up. Who was in charge of shutting the door? Now we have collection of invasive plant and animals and no turning back. Just say No to the oil pipeline.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-07-06 12:02:39 -0400
    It's up to us to tell the State of Michigan the only acceptable way to protect the Great Lakes is SHUTDOWN LINE 5.
  • signed 2017-07-06 12:02:34 -0400
    Please protect our lakes!
  • @prhunt tweeted link to this page. 2017-07-06 12:02:28 -0400
    It's up to us to tell the State of Michigan the only acceptable way to protect the Great Lakes is SHUTDOWN LINE 5. http://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/comment_to_shutdown?recruiter_id=35832
  • signed 2017-07-06 12:01:36 -0400
    The choice of Dynamic Risk is a travesty of due diligence — I cannot believe you are asking citizens to accept such a biased study. It would be laughable if so much weren’t at stake. Everyone living around the Great Lakes deserves far better.
  • signed 2017-07-06 12:00:03 -0400
    Our great lakes are one of Michigan and the worlds greatest asset. The line 5 pipeline represents a threat to that natural wonder that could never be fixed. Oil leaked into the straits of Mackinaw would be catastrophic and there is no reason to put this natural resource in such danger.
  • signed 2017-07-06 11:59:49 -0400
    This pipeline and it’s inevitable leak or rupture is a problem facing the whole country and even the world ! With 2/5 of the world’s supply of fresh water at risk we must do what is necessary. Shut it down !!!
  • signed 2017-07-06 11:59:11 -0400
    Protect our Great Lakes. Shut down Line 5 now! Why risk 20 percent of the world’s freshwater when there are other alternatives?!
  • signed 2017-07-06 11:55:26 -0400
  • signed 2017-07-06 11:54:46 -0400
  • signed 2017-07-06 11:54:36 -0400
    It’s time we take control. Let’s keep our water safe. There are other ways to get oil from one place to the next. God Bless the United States of America. Keep it safe!
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-07-06 11:54:29 -0400
    It's up to us to tell the State of Michigan the only acceptable way to protect the Great Lakes is SHUTDOWN LINE 5.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-07-06 11:53:26 -0400
    It's up to us to tell the State of Michigan the only acceptable way to protect the Great Lakes is SHUTDOWN LINE 5.
  • @lincconard tweeted link to this page. 2017-07-06 11:53:25 -0400
    It's up to us to tell the State of Michigan the only acceptable way to protect the Great Lakes is SHUTDOWN LINE 5. http://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/comment_to_shutdown?recruiter_id=29802
  • signed 2017-07-06 11:53:16 -0400
    Before the disaster happens end Pipeline 5. Don’t try to mend it. Reroute it thru existing infastructure. Stop the fraudulent studies funded by Enbridge and act responsibly. You are elected to act on the behalf of your constituents. Act now to save our Great Lakes from this great and dire risk.
  • signed 2017-07-06 11:53:03 -0400
    Please protect our most precious asset! We are lucky and blessed to have the Great Lakes border us. Let’s do more to insure they are clean and safe for generations to come.
  • signed 2017-07-06 11:52:12 -0400
    This decision will define the natural future of the Great Lakes for decades. Shutting down Line 5 is the only responsible action.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-07-06 11:51:48 -0400
    It's up to us to tell the State of Michigan the only acceptable way to protect the Great Lakes is SHUTDOWN LINE 5.
  • signed 2017-07-06 11:51:36 -0400
    Please stop the flow of oil through the Straits of Mackinac. Use common sense and compassion for the environment.
  • signed 2017-07-06 11:51:17 -0400

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