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Help us by are calling on our state leaders to enforce the easement granted to Enbridge for their Line 5 oil pipelines to be allowed to operate in the Straits of Mackinac.

Take action to protect the Great Lakes from a disastrous oil spill.

Please note that signing this petition here has nothing to do with the Line 5 ballot proposal that is being circulated.

Michigan Governor Snyder and Attorney General Schuette:

As you know, the Canadian pipeline company Enbridge pumps almost 23 million gallons of oil every day through its Line 5 pipeline, from Superior, Wisconsin to Sarnia, Ontario.

Enbridge is currently operating in violation of the 1953 easement agreement with the State of Michigan to operate Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. Turbulent currents and winter conditions make the Straits the worst possible location for a spill. Required supports for Line 5 have washed out for the second time in two years. Independent experts have identified at least seven state and federal violations of this legal agreement with the state.

Since 1988, this 64-year-old pipeline has failed at least fifteen times, dumping about 260,000 gallons of oil on land and in marshes. This pipeline crosses along the bottom of the Great Lakes at the Straits of Mackinac, and through many sensitive inland lakes, rivers, and wetlands.

This pipeline poses an unacceptable risk to our water, ecosystems, health, and economy.

I urge you to act as legal public trustees of our waters and bottomlands to enforce the 1953 Easement and immediately shut down Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac to protect the Great Lakes from a catastrophic oil spill. 

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  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-10-21 10:12:44 -0400
    Join me and sign the petition to shut down the flow of oil in #Line 5. Michigan must act now to protect the Great Lakes
  • signed 2017-10-21 10:11:49 -0400
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-10-19 17:18:04 -0400
    Join me and sign the petition to shut down the flow of oil in #Line 5. Michigan must act now to protect the Great Lakes
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  • signed 2017-10-19 05:03:14 -0400
    Dear,

    Michigan Governor Snyder and Attorney General Schuette:


    If you were to pick the worst possible place for an oil spill in the Great Lakes, this would be it

    — David Schwab, Ph.D., research scientist at the University of Michigan Water Center


    The Dangers of Line 5: Keeping the Great Lakes and Pure Michigan Pure


    My name is Diana M. Barker. I am writing to you as a concerned citizen. I am also writing to you as a sustainability focused graduate student who is deeply concerned about the potential of an unprecedented oil spill in the most vulnerable region of the Great Lakes. I am compelled to write you to encourage the complete shut down of Line 5, a system of two antiquated pipelines that run under the Straights of Mackinac, which poses an eminent threat to the valuable Great Lakes. The Great Lakes contain 20 percent of the world’s fresh surface water and the purity of the Great Lakes is a very important for the vitality of life in the Great Lakes states.
    I hope that you will make time to be knowledgeable about this subject matter because it could have a devastating effect on the quality of life for the people who live in the Great Lakes Watershed, the livelihood and prosperity of the people who live in Michigan and the Great Lakes states.


    As a concerned citizen, I urge you, please, take note of the dangers of the potential threat that Enbridge has to decimate the Great Lakes. A catastrophic oil spill has the potential to do irreversible damage to the invaluable natural resource, the largest supply of fresh water. If, I hope not, Line 5 were to rupture, it would be detrimental to all life in the Great Lakes Region.


    Unprecedented levels of oil could inundate the Great Lakes and threaten the wealth, economy, ecosystem, and the lives of the people who call the Great Lakes Basin home. Enbridge is responsible for Line 5 which is a 63 year old antiquated system of two pipelines that run under the Straits of Mackinac. Line 5 was only projected to last 50 years. Line 5 pumps 23 million gallons of oil a day directly through our valuable Great Lakes; this outdated pipeline has the potential to rupture and do irreparable damage to the Great Lakes, and very specifically the people who depend on the Great Lakes for fresh water, and the livelihood of the people and the environment here in West Michigan.



    If you haven’t already, please I urge you to acquaint yourself with some information:


    http://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org


    http://www.kentcountywaterconservation.org/new-page-1/
    https://youtu.be/GlUaxiX90Dw


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBRcOLcEwF0


    I hope at this point, it is clear how dangerous Line 5 is to the Great Lakes Region and its people. The drinking water for more than 35 million people would be polluted, potentially beyond repair. There is a need to take action to Shut Down Line 5 and prevent an irreversible disaster from ruining our precious Great Lakes.


    The dangers that Line 5 poses on the livelihood of the people who live in the Great Lakes basin would be an unprecedented disaster and is something that is not worth the risk. Line 5 needs to be shut down in order to prevent a national disaster. Shut Down Line 5 is a community raising awareness, educating people, and helping people take action to preserve our Great Lakes and the purity of Pure Michigan.


    Website for Shut Down Line 5: http://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org


    I am glad that concerned citizens are banning together to build momentum to Shut Down Line 5. Those who want to stop Enbridge from polluting our Great Lakes have the capacity to hopefully influence Enbridge to stop pumping oil through our most precious resource the Great Lakes. These pipelines are dangerous to the lives of many, many people and the quality of life for many more.


    If, I hope not, there was to be a major oil spill, oil would churn and it would very quickly spread down the natural channels of the Great Lakes. A scenario that would be horrific, if Line 5 were to rupture, and leave 35 million people without fresh water, and also the implications it would have on the entire fresh water ecosystem with immense destruction to the water shed and the water basin of the Great Lakes.


    “If you were to pick the worst possible place for an oil spill in the Great Lakes, this would be it,” said David Schwab, Ph.D., research scientist at the University of Michigan Water Center, one of the foremost experts on Great Lakes water currents, and creator of the animation.

    Read the University of Michigan Research Report

    “The currents are powerful and change directions frequently. In the event of an oil spill, these factors would lead to a big mess that would be very difficult to contain.”

    In his study, Schwab simulated the release of contaminants at various locations and depths within the Straits of Mackinac. The simulations and video animation track an oil spill of 1 million gallons that would be released over a 12-hour period – a conservative estimate based on the size of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline and how quickly the spill would be detected and oil supply shut off. The animation shows where oil would travel in the 20 days following a spill.

    “If you were to pick the worst possible place for an oil spill in the Great Lakes, this would be it” – David Schwab, Ph.D., research scientist at the University of Michigan Water Center

    “An oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac would have devastating consequences for people, fish and wildlife, and the economy. It would be an unparalleled disaster for the Great Lakes,” said Andy Buchsbaum, regional executive director of the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes Regional Center. “This old pipeline needs to be replaced so that we can protect the Great Lakes from future spills.” (Oil and Water Don’t Mix, 2017)


    Enbridge has a history of safety issues, and the purity of the Great Lakes is at risk; this is a problem that needs proactive action to prevent a disaster, and it is not worth gambling with time, because it is not if the pipeline will rupture, it is when. The purity of the Great Lakes is not something to be gambled with or passive about. Line 5 needs to be shut down before it is too late.


    “Enbridge already has a history of failure on Line 5. Public records go back only as far as 1988, but in that time Enbridge has had 15 documented failures on Line 5, resulting in about 260,000 gallons of oil leaking from their pipeline” (Oil and Water Don’t Mix, 2017).


    “There have been 1,068 Enbridge spills across the entire Enbridge pipeline system, that have dumped 7.4 million gallons of oil into the environment between 1999 and 2013 – an average of 71 spills and 500,000 gallons per year. That’s more than one oil spill every week for the last 15 years” (Oil and Water Don’t Mix, 2017).


    Line 5 poses an eminent threat to one of the most valuable natural resources, our pure, fresh water. It is our responsibility as stewards of this vital resource, to enact legislation to Shut Down Line 5 and prevent a disaster before it is too late.


    Oil and Water Don’t Mix (2017) states on the end of this petition that I am signing to send to you:


    “I urge you to act as legal public trustees of our waters and bottomlands to enforce the 1953 Easement and immediately shut down Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac to protect the Great Lakes from a catastrophic oil spill. "


    Thank you for your time and consideration into the case for why Line 5 needs to be shut down. On this urgent and pressing disaster waiting to happen, I encourage you, please, to prevent a national disaster before it happens.


    Sincerely,

    Diana M. Barker


    References


    Kent County Water Conservation. (n.d.). Retrieved from: http://www.kentcountywaterconservation.org


    Oil and Water Don’t Mix. (2017). Retrieved from: http://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/


    WMEAC. (n.d.). Retrieved from: https://wmeac.org/line-5-poses-imminent-threat-to-great-lakes/
  • signed 2017-10-18 23:24:22 -0400
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  • signed 2017-10-18 14:12:33 -0400
    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! This pipeline was never built to last this long, and it is clearly on it’s last leg. Shut it down!
  • signed 2017-10-17 21:48:31 -0400
    Stop the threat in all areas of destroying our Great State. Sign up, spread the word and keep on helping this great cause…
  • signed 2017-10-17 11:43:02 -0400
    Shut it down!
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-10-15 12:32:24 -0400
    Join me and sign the petition to shut down the flow of oil in #Line 5. Michigan must act now to protect the Great Lakes
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-10-14 15:13:55 -0400
    Join me and sign the petition to shut down the flow of oil in #Line 5. Michigan must act now to protect the Great Lakes
  • signed 2017-10-14 15:12:53 -0400
    Please Remove this pipeline from our straits!
  • signed 2017-10-13 13:06:31 -0400
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-10-13 09:27:05 -0400
    Join me and sign the petition to shut down the flow of oil in #Line 5. Michigan must act now to protect the Great Lakes
  • signed 2017-10-13 09:26:01 -0400
  • signed 2017-10-13 07:59:22 -0400
    I was made aware of the pipeline running in our city, around the Saginaw Bay. I’m now wondering if the so called “muck” could be from a leaking Enbridge Pipeline? I will be dowsing the weird in this town fatty and furious so EVERYONE is aware!!
  • signed 2017-10-12 22:11:03 -0400
  • signed 2017-10-10 15:11:06 -0400
    We need to stop this nonsence! we ca’t lose the great lakes. They are one of the worlds natural wonders an if theres a oil spill in there were boned!
  • signed 2017-10-10 15:10:22 -0400
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