The Oil & Water Don't Mix campaign submitted this letter to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality calling for a review of Enbridge's request to install 22 anchors on their submerged Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.
Our organizations on behalf of ourselves, our members and our supporters, formally request that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (“MDEQ”) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) take the following actions with regard to Enbridge’s joint application (No. 2RD-DFDK-Y35G) to install 22 anchor supports on the Line 5 pipelines in the Mackinac Straits:
- Reject as incomplete due to its overly narrow scope of review;
- Require a comprehensive review of Line 5 in the Straits that includes an assessment of adverse environmental impacts, risks, and feasible and prudent alternatives;
- Temporarily terminate the transport of crude oil in the Line 5 pipelines during this comprehensive review; and
- Hold a formal public hearing given that Enbridge Line 5 occupies publicly owned waters and bottomlands and the threat of a catastrophic oil pipeline rupture to the Great Lakes are of tremendous controversy and have generated an extraordinary level of public engagement.