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: [email protected]

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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  • Joe Zook
    endorsed 2018-10-16 18:25:23 -0400
  • Joseph Suarez
    endorsed 2018-10-16 17:31:38 -0400
    I sent an E mail.
  • Roger Corpolongo
    endorsed 2018-10-16 17:26:26 -0400
  • Sandra Terry-Morrison
    endorsed 2018-10-16 16:25:53 -0400
    I sent an email with my concerns
  • Robert and Leslie Aguirre
    endorsed 2018-10-16 16:21:51 -0400
  • Rhoda Maschino
    endorsed 2018-10-16 16:08:12 -0400
  • Cathy Marshall
    endorsed 2018-10-16 16:03:34 -0400
  • Jenny Langham
    endorsed 2018-10-16 15:55:11 -0400
  • Terry Deegan
    endorsed 2018-10-16 15:49:53 -0400
  • Joan Knipe
    endorsed 2018-10-16 15:32:35 -0400
  • Annie Pardington
    endorsed 2018-10-16 15:22:10 -0400
  • Karen Donahue
    endorsed 2018-10-16 15:21:10 -0400
    Why is the Governor proposing this risky deal with Enbridge? It is yet another example of protecting private profits while shifting liability to the public. A catastrophic spill in the Straits of Mackinac devastate the Great Lakes and lay a huge burden on the people of Michigan.
  • Tracy Reed
    endorsed 2018-10-16 15:16:28 -0400
  • Ron Collins
    endorsed 2018-10-16 15:14:01 -0400
    with 20 % of the worlds fresh water in the 5 great lakes we must stop the project and stop the present pipe line
  • Clayton Lewis
    endorsed 2018-10-16 15:12:41 -0400
  • Steven Carpenter
    endorsed 2018-10-16 15:07:10 -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 bridge authority 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?
  • Peggy Greenwood
    endorsed 2018-10-16 14:57:40 -0400
  • Karin Gallagher
    endorsed 2018-10-16 14:56:28 -0400
    What does Michigan gain from a 99 year lease with Enbridge? Is it enough to cover the catastrophic destruction that would result if the line malfunctions? Michigan’s Great Lakes would take on all the risk for a fraction, if any, of the reward. This sounds like another Nestle deal, in which Nestle makes millions at the expense of our most precious resource: water, while Michigan makes $200 per year from the deal. Water is the lifeblood of our state. We must protect it and preserve it for future generations. This is a non-partisan issue: Michiganders must strongly speak out against “deals” like this.
  • Patty Kubala
    endorsed 2018-10-16 14:50:28 -0400
  • Ryan Dybdahl
    endorsed 2018-10-16 14:45:52 -0400
    Don’t allow Snyder to bypass the law and risak further environmental destruction from Enbridge.
  • Darcel Schlitt
    endorsed 2018-10-16 14:44:38 -0400
    If Canada can build a new tunnel, they can spend the same amount or a little more to put it on land!
  • Jody Prestine
    endorsed 2018-10-16 14:28:50 -0400
  • Matt Markell
    @JustMattF tweeted link to this page. 2018-10-16 14:03:43 -0400
    Send an email to the Mackinac Bridge Authority before Gov. Snyder and Enbridge get their way to build a tunnel under the Great Lakes for Canadian oil. https://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/contact_the_mackinac_bridge_authority?recruiter_id=22726
  • Matt Markell
    endorsed 2018-10-16 14:02:20 -0400
    Michigan probably should just continue to be Canada’s wasteland…we let the Canadian criminal organization known as enbridge to dump oil in our waters (the biggest concentration of fresh water on the planet)…we let Canadians dump their trash in Michigan because it reinforces Canadians’ beliefs that Michigan is a dump and they want to keep it that way…we also overfish the Great Lakes to further their assault on Michigan…they let in most of the 9/11 hijackers…i can name other things they have done to us…how can we even pretend they are our friends?
  • Bryan Heystek
    endorsed 2018-10-16 13:52:13 -0400
    I couldn’t send email through the link above, so I sent one directly from my gmail.
  • Stefan Kodet
    endorsed 2018-10-16 13:49:38 -0400
    Enbridge should be responsible financially entirely for any environmental damage caused by oil leaks in their pipeline network. Further, any pipeline that is constructed should be triple hulled to contain any leaks with automatic shutoff gates at multiple points along the pipeline.
  • Martha Kiander
    endorsed 2018-10-16 13:48:02 -0400
  • Margaret VanHoudt
    endorsed 2018-10-16 13:29:15 -0400
    A definite no sent to keeping this in operation
  • Ralph Tuscher
    endorsed 2018-10-16 13:20:48 -0400
  • Anna Fisher
    @anna_irjuk tweeted link to this page. 2018-10-16 13:15:16 -0400
    Send an email to the Mackinac Bridge Authority before Gov. Snyder and Enbridge get their way to build a tunnel under the Great Lakes for Canadian oil. https://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/contact_the_mackinac_bridge_authority?recruiter_id=27289

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