When you sign, we'll submit this as your official comment by the December 17 deadline calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to deny the Enbridge tunnel permit.

5 Million Gallons a Day

Enbridge wants the federal government to rubber-stamp a Clean Water Act permit that would allow the Canadian company to dump up to 5 million gallons of wastewater a day into the Great Lakes during tunnel construction. They believe we should ignore the danger of oil pipelines and a dangerously flawed plan to build an underground tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac.


Burying the problem of oil pipelines in a tunnel in the Great Lakes doesn’t make it go away. What's more, every day the oil does make its way to refineries and burned as gasoline and propane it spills carbon into the atmosphere, making everything worse.


I request that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conduct an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in connection with Enbridge Energy’s application for a Department of the Army permit for a massive fossil fuel tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac.

The project submitted by Enbridge is intentionally designed to avoid full review under the law and thorough analysis. Enbridge characterizes its project as replacing an old dual pipeline system in the Straits of Mackinac to continue transporting crude oil and petroleum liquids between the peninsulas of Michigan. In fact, the project would irreversibly commit the natural and other resources of the United States, Michigan, and the Great Lakes for another 99 years and presents unacceptable risks to those resources.

A project of this magnitude, with its potential for causing significant harm to public trust resources, must be very carefully and thoroughly considered. The Army Corps must prepare an EIS under NEPA because Enbridge’s proposed tunnel activity constitutes a “Major Federal Action Significantly Affecting the Quality of the Human Environment.” The need for a full EIS that analyzes the project as submitted by Enbridge and the entire 645-mile Line 5 pipeline is required, as detailed in the July 14, 2020 comments submitted to the Army Corps by 10 organizations representing tribal, environmental, and other citizens groups.

In addition, since those comments were submitted, additional information has also revealed the need for an EIS under NEPA:

  1. Significant flaws in Enbridge's tunnel proposal, including mischaracterization of the geological formations that will be encountered, a lack of geotechnical research, the tunnel design and alignment, and the potential for devastating outcomes due to poor planning and cutting corners in research and design.
  2. A potentially significant archeological finding at the proposed tunnel project site subject to the National Historic Preservation Act.
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  • Cornelius Devlin III
    signed 2024-04-19 15:42:47 -0400
  • Solaris Duvaniel
    signed 2020-12-18 09:42:06 -0500
  • Karlace Taylor
    signed via 2020-12-17 21:40:22 -0500
  • Roxanne Skarritt
    signed via 2020-12-17 21:36:33 -0500
  • Patricia Smith
    signed via 2020-12-17 21:29:33 -0500
    This would be disastrous!
  • Olivia Perfetti
    signed 2020-12-17 20:38:03 -0500
  • Nancy Mullins
    signed via 2020-12-17 20:14:27 -0500
  • Jane Dunn
    signed 2020-12-17 19:59:04 -0500
    Thousands of years to make the beautiful lake waters we know and depend on. All could be jeopardized with one spill or breach.
  • Maria Ross
    signed 2020-12-17 19:46:01 -0500
  • Ruth Robertson
    signed 2020-12-17 19:05:16 -0500
    It is difficult for large corporations to abstain from readily promoting plans that will increase their income almost immediately. It is inconvenient to take the time to weigh how the their plans, if enacted, will impact the future, for us and our posterity.

    Even without considering the impact of carbon-based fuels on our environment, we must face the economic fact that it is becoming less and less profitable to access, transport and sell “dirty fuels.”Most companies are gradually turning to more economical “green fuels.”
    It is no longer wise to invest in more ways of transporting a dying commodity. We need to turn our backs on the familiar, tired ways and move into this still fairly new millennium. We need to keep up with the newer, and cleaner fuels. Many other nations are already leading us in making these necessary changes to save our planet and live with a clean conscience.
  • Raymond Mickus
    signed 2020-12-17 18:51:04 -0500
  • Erin McCall
    signed 2020-12-17 18:32:07 -0500
  • Sean Clark
    signed 2020-12-17 18:29:50 -0500
  • Michael DePlanche
    signed 2020-12-17 18:25:52 -0500
  • Sandra Hubar
    signed 2020-12-17 18:15:06 -0500
    Enbridge has been responsible for multiple oil spillages and contamination of lakes and rivers, at least one in MI. It is insane to put the Great Lakes at risk for the profits of an oil company. Water is soon to be one of the most precious resources for humans. Keep the Great Lakes as clean as possible.
  • Alan N. Connor
    signed 2020-12-17 17:48:31 -0500
  • Marylynn Heyd
    signed 2020-12-17 17:25:58 -0500
  • Dusty Horwitt
    signed 2020-12-17 17:09:14 -0500
  • Joe Bates
    signed 2020-12-17 17:08:25 -0500
  • Aimee Bass
    signed via 2020-12-17 16:59:24 -0500
  • Jean Linton
    signed 2020-12-17 16:45:15 -0500
    I lived in Alaska during the Exxon oil spill. You can’t undo the horrendous damage. Then the oil company holds up paying the damages in the courts. NOT trustworthy! Please stop Enbridge, not even an American Company. Their horrible safety record speaks for itself.

    Thank you very much for protecting/saving our beautiful great lakes.
  • pubsOf
    @pubsof tweeted link to this page. 2020-12-17 16:15:08 -0500
    Sign the petition: Call on @USACEHQ to deny the Enbridge Oil Tunnel Permit. Protect the Great Lakes and climate from this dangerous tunnel. https://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/deny_usace_permit_petition?recruiter_id=59458
  • Jeff Kane
    signed 2020-12-17 16:14:30 -0500
  • Yvonne Wadinski
    signed 2020-12-17 16:00:44 -0500
  • Karen McNulty
    signed 2020-12-17 15:49:20 -0500
  • Kevin Ludwig
    signed 2020-12-17 15:13:11 -0500
    Lake Michigan is the source of my drinking water supply for home and work, as it is for millions of people.

    It, along with the other surrounding Great Lakes that border the State of Michigan, are a fully integrated and irreplaceable part of our public water utility infrastructure.

    No Foreign company should ever have the right or opportunity to risk the security of our State or Local public utilities!


    Kevin Ludwig
  • Erin Moulton
    signed 2020-12-17 14:51:54 -0500
  • Clark Webb
    signed 2020-12-17 14:38:05 -0500
  • Carol McPherson
    signed 2020-12-17 14:34:50 -0500
  • Robert Kennedy
    signed 2020-12-17 14:24:11 -0500

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