UPDATE: Tuesday, December 11, 12:15 PM - Here are the results of the House vote for SB 1197 (74-34). Big money and greed win today. But the fight continues. Leaving a pipeline in the Great Lakes for 10 or more years is not an option. Not on our watch. Thanks for all that called and emailed Representatives.


House Vote SB 1197

Call these Michigan Representatives ASAP and then report your call below.

Rep. Lee Chatfield: (517) 373-2629
Rep. Sara Cambensy: (517) 373-0498
Rep. Scott Dianda: (517) 373-0850
Rep. Peter Lucido: (517) 373-0843
Rep. Brandt Iden: (517) 373-1774
Rep. Daniela Garcia: (517) 373-0830
Rep. Mike McCready: (517) 373-8670
Rep. Sue Allor: (517) 373-0833
Rep. Larry Inman: (517) 373-1766
Rep. David Maturen: (517) 373-1787
Rep. Chris Afendoulis: (517) 373-0218
Rep. Julie Calley: (517) 373-0842
Rep. Kathy Crawford: (517) 373-0827
Rep. Jason Sheppard: (517) 373-2617
Rep. Jim Lilly: (517) 373-0838
Rep. Scott VanSingel: (517) 373-7317
Rep. Dave Pagel: (517) 373-1796
Rep. Brett Roberts: (517) 373-1775

Proposed Talking Points

State your name and where you live.

Please vote no on SB 1197, the bill authorizing an oil tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac. My specific concerns include:

  • The current Line 5 pipeline must be shut down as soon as possible. SB 1197 would allow the existing Line 5 pipeline to remain in the open waters of the Great Lakes for at least another decade.
  • Any tunnel should be taxed as private property. This bill would designate the utility tunnel as public property, which risks removing from the tax rolls the over $500,000 of private investment for a private corporation.
  • No state funds for the tunnel. This tunnel proposal serves primarily a private purpose, the State of Michigan should not spend our tax dollars to help a private company build, maintain, permit, or litigate this proposed tunnel.

Remember to thank them for their time!


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  • Dagny Monette
    endorsed 2018-12-09 15:38:25 -0500
  • Mary Novrocki
    endorsed 2018-12-09 11:50:39 -0500
  • Christine VanSloten
    endorsed 2018-12-08 09:45:09 -0500
  • Michael Ross
    endorsed 2018-12-07 13:43:41 -0500
  • Juanita LaPorte O'Connor
    endorsed 2018-12-06 16:47:22 -0500
    We should not be committing to building 99-year fossil fuel infrastructure. The US government’s 4th Climate Assessment predicts dire impacts for Michigan and the Midwest. Please do not let the building of this pipeline go through. Protect the great lakes, land, people and wildlife. Thank you for your time.
  • Juanita LaPorte O'Connor
    endorsed 2018-12-06 16:47:21 -0500
    We should not be committing to building 99-year fossil fuel infrastructure. The US government’s 4th Climate Assessment predicts dire impacts for Michigan and the Midwest. Please do not let the building of this pipeline go through. Protect the great lakes, land, people and wildlife. Thank you for your time.
  • Rev. Deb Hansen
    endorsed 2018-12-06 14:46:35 -0500
  • Kathleen Mayo
    endorsed 2018-12-05 22:30:40 -0500
  • Patricia Macintosh
    endorsed 2018-12-05 17:57:37 -0500
    Office staff listened politely. Sounded tired of getting calls. Didn’t want to engage in conversation. Stated simply she would share my concerns with Larry Inman.
  • Jennifer Schaap
    endorsed 2018-12-05 17:05:19 -0500
  • Ken Faris
    endorsed 2018-12-04 23:34:39 -0500
  • Credence White
    endorsed 2018-12-04 20:38:21 -0500
    Emailed all on the list!
  • Jason Israilov
    endorsed 2018-12-04 18:22:50 -0500
  • Matthew Spletzer
    endorsed 2018-12-04 17:37:53 -0500
  • Denise Sica
    endorsed 2018-12-04 01:21:13 -0500
    Emailed all on the list urging them to do the right thing and Vote NO!
  • William McMullin
    endorsed 2018-12-03 23:31:22 -0500
    I sent e-mails.
  • Karol Walker
    endorsed 2018-12-03 21:29:42 -0500
    I emailed all 17 reps.
  • Richard VanDeWeghe
    endorsed 2018-12-03 17:59:34 -0500
    I emailed Larry Inman. I paraphrased the taking points to personalize my message. Thanks for the alert.
  • Jan Strait
    endorsed 2018-12-03 13:13:41 -0500
    I called Rep Afendoulis
  • James Gracy
    endorsed 2018-12-03 12:32:07 -0500
  • Ross Hammersley
    @rhammer tweeted link to this page. 2018-12-03 12:24:25 -0500
    Make a huge difference and call or email this list of Michigan Representatives to urge them to vote NO on SB 1197. (#tcmi residents, this includes your Rep. Larry Inman!) https://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/contact_these_reps_about_sb_1197?recruiter_id=1283
  • Terri Wilkerson
    endorsed 2018-12-03 12:24:04 -0500
    notes from dec. 3 noon calls

    Rep. Lee Chatfield: spoke w staff person

    Rep. Sue Allor: left voicemail

    Rep. Larry Inman: spoke w staff person

    Rep. Sara Cambensy:spoke w staff person (Elizabeth?) who said Cambensy does not support the bill in its current form

    Rep. Scott Dianda:staff person – supports

    Rep. Chris Afendoulis: left vm

    Rep. Julie Calley: hasnt decided yet. Will probably have changes before it comes to the house.

    Rep. Kathy Crawford:left vm

    Rep. Daniela Garcia: left vm

    Rep. Jason Sheppard: Jacob/staff has heard a lot of changes coming, including proposing a new authority (not the bridge). Rep does support keeping Line 5 open. hearing that a new authority. Jacob

    Rep. Jim Lilly: left vm

    Rep. David Maturen:left vm

    Rep. Scott VanSingel: left vm

    Rep. Mike McCready: left msg

    Rep. Dave Pagel: left vm

    Rep. Brett Roberts: left vm

    Rep. Brandt Iden: left vm
  • Ross Hammersley
    endorsed 2018-12-03 12:23:37 -0500
    sent emails to all (including a separate one to my Representative); thanks for putting this together!!
  • Charlie Weaver
    endorsed 2018-12-03 12:07:42 -0500
    called Chatfield’s office; left message
  • Donna Augenstein
    endorsed 2018-12-03 11:33:16 -0500
  • Pamela Esser
    endorsed 2018-12-03 11:26:43 -0500
  • Elizabeth Dell
    endorsed 2018-12-03 11:17:03 -0500
  • Karen Neal
    endorsed 2018-12-02 23:35:46 -0500
    My email: Please vote no on SB 1197. It is not a tunnel agreement – it is simply a stall tactic. All it does is guarantee that Enbridge pipelines remain in the Great Lakes for at least another decade, and will not create jobs. The people of Michigan want to protect our Great Lakes. The bill puts the Great Lakes in greater danger. The only solution to the pipeline problem is to decommission Line 5 now. The bill also hijacks the Mackinac Bridge Authority and takes its focus away from the Bridge by potentially supervising the construction and operation of a utility tunnel.

    Recent studies from London Economics International show that if Line 5 was shut down tomorrow, the effect would be a 2-3 cent per gallon increase in Michigan gas prices and a 5 cent per gallon increase in propane prices. That is no concern to MI citizens who want to protect our beautiful Great Lakes. Please vote no on SB 1197 and oppose any attempts to create a separate authority during lame duck to own an oil tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac.

    Thank you.

    Karen Neal

    Plymouth, MI 48170
  • Elliott Smith
    endorsed 2018-12-01 16:10:28 -0500
  • Joanne Robb
    endorsed 2018-11-30 16:02:46 -0500
    Phoned Larry Inman’s office. The gentleman answered right away and was very helpful ~ did not rush me in my comments, explained where the process is at this point. He gave me the name of the Senate Majority Leader ~ Senator Meekhof. His mailbox was full and could not leave a message. His number is: 517-373-6920. I then phoned the full Senate office (517)373-2400) and left a message to tell them I could not reach Meekhof by phone and asked that they share my message of NO on SB1197.

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