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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  • 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
  • Abby P
    endorsed 2018-11-30 16:44:29 -0500
  • Joni 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.
  • Waunita Waszak
    endorsed 2018-11-30 11:14:08 -0500
  • Susan Farquhar
    endorsed 2018-11-30 08:27:53 -0500
  • Robert DeBoef
    endorsed 2018-11-29 22:26:03 -0500
  • Joe Deuparo
    endorsed 2018-11-29 20:11:24 -0500
    Water 💦 is life

    No line 5
  • Heidi Sutton
    endorsed 2018-11-29 16:09:28 -0500
    NO on Senate Bill 1197… we DO NOT NEED That pipe 5 line shut down NOW
  • Saeth Gronberg
    endorsed 2018-11-29 15:50:37 -0500
  • April Ryan
    endorsed 2018-11-29 15:43:30 -0500
    Sent emails with talking points above to all listed reps on Thurs Nov 29
  • Adrienne Winchester
    endorsed 2018-11-29 14:28:12 -0500
    Emailed all, included all talking points.
  • Laurie Macpherson
    endorsed 2018-11-29 13:46:55 -0500
  • Sarah Krishnan
    endorsed 2018-11-29 13:30:12 -0500
  • Joshua Denner
    endorsed 2018-11-29 13:13:39 -0500
  • Holly Nickerson
    endorsed 2018-11-29 12:51:12 -0500
    Hello, I am making my way down the list emailing!
  • Robert Morley Palmateer
    @golfnut666 tweeted link to this page. 2018-11-29 11:59:33 -0500
    Make a huge difference and call or email this list of Michigan Representatives about voting NO on SB 1197. https://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/contact_these_reps_about_sb_1197?recruiter_id=38092
  • R Morley Palmateer
    endorsed 2018-11-29 11:59:19 -0500
    Line 5 tunnel is NOT acceptable! Close line 5 down!
  • William Maloney
    endorsed 2018-11-29 06:21:13 -0500
  • Chandra Bowman
    endorsed 2018-11-29 01:54:40 -0500
    Good day, sir!

    I’m Chandra, a 42 year old voter who is gravely concerned about Senate Bill 1197. Most Michiganders (those not on the receiving end of oil money) do not want ANY risk of a spill in the Straits. Any talk of a tunnel is just an attempt to thwart the needs of those in the communities who would be most affected. Even the Mac Bridge Authority has no interest in the tunnel proposal, and they’re supposed to “manage” it. It is not even worth considering the possibility of Line 5 being ruptured during the construction. We’ve been insanely lucky this far, as the rate at which a spill would disperse through Lakes Michigan and Huron would devastate our state’s ecology and tourism for years to come, especially if it were to occur in the winter months under ice.

    Please, please vote no on SB1197, for you, my son, and all of Michigan. The fresh waters of the Great Lakes are a gift, and a precious treasure not to be gambled. Constituents are more engaged now. Lame duck decisions are cataloged and remembered. Political tricks driven by greed or hubris can follow a person or even end a career if the citizenry is enraged enough.

    I urge you to consider what’s best for Michigan long term. [hint: it’s not fossil fuels.]


    Chandra Bowman

    Engaged MI Voter, loudmouth, and homeowner
  • Sue Holmes
    endorsed 2018-11-28 22:55:46 -0500
  • Tom Kenney
    endorsed 2018-11-28 21:43:11 -0500
  • Stacey Chacon
    endorsed 2018-11-28 19:39:02 -0500

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