READ THE TROUBLING FACTS surrounding the Synder-Enbridge oil tunnel deal.

Enbridge and Michigan's Governor made a backroom deal to explore build a tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac that would keep Canadian oil flowing through the Great Lakes for at least 7 to 10 more years, if not forever. The deal would also put the Mackinac Bridge Authority and Michigan taxpayers at financial risk.

We have questions. You probably do too.

On November 8 in St. Ignace, Enbridge will pitch its tunnel proposal to members of the bridge authority for the first time. Gov. Snyder wants the bridge authority to own Enbridge’s tunnel, marking the first time since the authority was created in 1950 that its sole mission of maintaining and operating the Mighty Mac would be compromised.

Let the Mackinac Bridge Authority know your thoughts about this proposed tunnel for Canadian oil

Bridge authority members are inviting questions from the public, which is great. The bridge authority was not asked in advance by the Snyder administration to be part of this mess, so we encourage you to respectfully email authority Secretary Bob Sweeney with your questions. 

Click to compose an email to Bob Sweeney or copy his address: sweeneyb@michigan.gov

Here are some questions you may choose to ask the bridge authority (feel free to copy & paste):

Why should the bridge authority own the risky tunnel and be saddled with Enbridge through a 99-year lease, especially given Enbridge’s horrible track record in Michigan?

Why should the bridge authority assume financial risk in the event of a tunnel collapse and pipeline rupture for a private Canadian oil company when most of the oil in Enbridge’s Line 5 is for Canada’s use?

The agreement between Enbridge and Gov. Snyder would only provide $1.88 billion in financial pledges from Enbridge in the case of major damages when economists estimate the cost of a worst-case spill could reach $6.3 billion. Why should the bridge authority potentially put the financial health of the Mackinac Bridge at risk by taking responsibility for Enbridge’s oil tunnel?

Why is the administration considering bypassing a thorough environmental review of the Snyder-Enbridge oil tunnel under the Great Lakes Submerged Lands Act instead of looking at better alternatives which include decommissioning Line 5 now?

Once you send your email let us know by reporting it below. We also invite you to attend the November 8th meeting where Enbridge will present their oil tunnel plan to the Mackinac Bridge Authority. RSVP Here.

 

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  • Tim Chambers
    endorsed 2018-10-22 06:59:09 -0400
  • Liz Meyers
    endorsed 2018-10-22 05:43:39 -0400
  • Harriet Hitchcock
    endorsed 2018-10-22 05:05:44 -0400
    Building a tunnel is so wrong. People of MIchigan need to speak out!
  • Robert Hartig
    endorsed 2018-10-21 23:23:11 -0400
  • Clifford Stanton
    endorsed 2018-10-21 22:23:21 -0400
  • James Johnson
    endorsed 2018-10-21 21:38:37 -0400
  • Sarah Flum
    endorsed 2018-10-21 21:24:13 -0400
  • Natalie Hockamier
    endorsed 2018-10-21 21:19:10 -0400
  • Michael Casler
    endorsed 2018-10-21 21:15:21 -0400
    Yes, I SENT a well-worded email this very evening, Sunday Oct.21st!!
  • Jo Ann Roosen
    endorsed 2018-10-21 21:06:57 -0400
  • jim mitchell
    endorsed 2018-10-21 20:43:20 -0400
  • Vicki Wiederhold
    endorsed 2018-10-21 20:38:01 -0400
    Line 5 and the other lines in Michigan should be shut down!
  • Cynthia Sherman-Jones
    endorsed 2018-10-21 19:10:35 -0400
  • Melanie Murphy
    endorsed 2018-10-21 18:46:07 -0400
  • Daniel and Judith Dickinson
    endorsed 2018-10-21 18:36:16 -0400
  • Jay Zocher
    endorsed 2018-10-21 18:21:49 -0400
  • Genevieve Morgan
    endorsed 2018-10-21 17:52:43 -0400
    SAVE OUR GREAT LAKES! This should not even be a question of what to do!

    It is so simple to shut down line 5!

    JUST DO IT!!!
  • Nancy Potter
    endorsed via 2018-10-21 17:08:25 -0400
  • Leonard Fieber
    endorsed 2018-10-21 16:26:17 -0400
  • Julia Goode
    endorsed 2018-10-21 16:13:47 -0400
  • Nancy Potter
    endorsed 2018-10-21 15:57:43 -0400
  • Dennis Kreiner
    endorsed 2018-10-21 15:45:22 -0400
  • Christina Kionka
    endorsed 2018-10-21 15:17:31 -0400
    Why should the bridge authority own the risky tunnel and be saddled with Enbridge through a 99-year lease, especially given Enbridge’s horrible track record in Michigan?


    Why should the bridge authority assume financial risk in the event of a tunnel collapse and pipeline rupture for a private Canadian oil company when most of the oil in Enbridge’s Line 5 is for Canada’s use?


    The agreement between Enbridge and Gov. Snyder would only provide $1.88 billion in financial pledges from Enbridge in the case of major damages when economists estimate the cost of a worst-case spill could reach $6.3 billion. Why should the bridge authority potentially put the financial health of the Mackinac Bridge at risk by taking responsibility for Enbridge’s oil tunnel?


    Why is the administration considering bypassing a thorough environmental review of the Snyder-Enbridge oil tunnel under the Great Lakes Submerged Lands Act instead of looking at better alternatives which include decommissioning Line 5 now?
  • Carol Ward
    endorsed 2018-10-21 14:49:43 -0400
  • Peggy Houk Payne
    endorsed 2018-10-21 14:14:01 -0400
  • Irene Kazmers
    endorsed 2018-10-21 14:10:51 -0400
  • Beth Cooley
    endorsed 2018-10-21 13:46:40 -0400
  • Alicia Lundell
    endorsed 2018-10-21 13:19:59 -0400
    I copied and pasted your questions provided in the email plus asked two questions of my own regarding: Governor Synder’s recent appointees who represent republicans and who on the board represent democrats. I also stated that the recent appointees seem to me that Govoner Synder is making sure his proposal goes through.
  • Macie Schriner
    endorsed 2018-10-21 12:23:36 -0400
  • Renee Reynolds
    endorsed 2018-10-21 12:04:54 -0400

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