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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  • Ruth Habalewsky
    signed 2020-12-16 16:59:00 -0500
  • Dennis Feichtinger
    signed 2020-12-16 16:57:52 -0500
  • Ruth Terenzi
    signed 2020-12-16 16:51:29 -0500
  • Pauline Mountain
    signed 2020-12-16 16:50:42 -0500
  • Judith Graves
    signed 2020-12-16 16:48:32 -0500
  • Pamela Hall
    signed 2020-12-16 16:46:50 -0500
    PIPES FAIL! The Great Lakes can’t afford an oil spill just so another company can make lots of money at our expense. It is not worth the risk. There is no reward except for a Canadian company that already has a record of a catastrophic spill! Be smart and deny the permit. Our clean water is worth protecting.
  • Patrick Race
    signed 2020-12-16 16:46:37 -0500
    No money should be spend on anything related to supporting the burning of carbon.
  • Marilyn McLenithan
    signed 2020-12-16 16:45:33 -0500
    I live in Michigan & know well how precious & lucky we are to have the magnificent great lakes. We are all responsible for taking care of this planet. Please do your part & find another way that is safe for the environment. Stop putting profit ahead of the precious, fragile ecological state our planet is in. Thank you!!
  • Nancy Mauti
    signed 2020-12-16 16:43:30 -0500
  • Barry Feldman
    signed 2020-12-16 16:43:19 -0500
  • Carol Gleason
    signed 2020-12-16 16:42:58 -0500
  • Ronald Martineau
    signed 2020-12-16 16:42:11 -0500
  • Michaela Brennan
    signed 2020-12-16 16:37:37 -0500
    Just simply review the Enbridge track record. The Great Lakes provide 20% of the Earth water which is a human right not to be at risk of suffering from oul spills. Climate change is real. The need for fossil fuels is rapidly decreasing, not increasing. NO TO Enbridge.
  • Dennis Kreiner
    signed 2020-12-16 16:35:58 -0500
  • Emily Brimm
    signed 2020-12-16 16:34:20 -0500
  • Pamela Flick
    signed 2020-12-16 16:33:11 -0500
  • Catherine King
    signed via 2020-12-16 16:32:04 -0500
    No compromise on this. It’s a flawed approach supporting an economic dinosaur system that will soon be extinct. Invest in renewables please!
  • Patty Kubala
    signed 2020-12-16 16:30:05 -0500
    We need to stop polluting! Permitting this project would be utterly short-sighted—as if we don’t have enough things to deal with right now! Please look at the bigger picture and be concerned for the welfare of the whole world and not short-sighted interests.
  • Thomas Cappellini
    signed 2020-12-16 16:29:26 -0500
  • Ruth Watts
    signed 2020-12-16 16:28:35 -0500
  • Linda Hammond
    signed 2020-12-16 16:28:33 -0500
  • Ted Gilmer
    signed 2020-12-16 16:26:44 -0500
  • Geralyn Pasi
    signed 2020-12-16 16:25:44 -0500
  • Renu O'Connell
    signed 2020-12-16 16:23:36 -0500
  • Sheila Murphy
    signed 2020-12-16 16:20:38 -0500
  • Jerry Cratsenberg-
    signed 2020-12-16 16:20:26 -0500
    New pipelines for oil in the year 2020 si absurd as killing whales for their oil!
  • Gary Dolinshek
    signed 2020-12-16 16:18:45 -0500
  • Allan Briesmaster
    signed 2020-12-16 16:17:51 -0500
  • Karen Whitman
    signed 2020-12-16 16:16:25 -0500
  • Mark Boik
    signed 2020-12-16 16:10:56 -0500

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