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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  • Connor McClellan
    signed 2020-12-16 16:09:56 -0500
  • Mia Glomb
    signed 2020-12-16 16:08:28 -0500
  • Vince and Rita Caruso
    signed 2020-12-16 16:08:24 -0500
  • Owen Goslin
    signed 2020-12-16 16:07:59 -0500
  • Gerald Lee
    signed 2020-12-16 16:06:49 -0500
    No oil pipelines, tunnels, or anything supporting the fossil fuel industry. Especially tar sands oil. Especially the Canadian fossil fuel industry. They can route their pipeline through Ontario.
  • Jay Homan
    signed 2020-12-16 16:04:04 -0500
  • Tricia Mead
    signed 2020-12-16 16:03:23 -0500
  • Teri Hammer
    signed 2020-12-16 16:03:07 -0500
  • Carolyn Bourland
    signed 2020-12-16 16:00:55 -0500
  • Gerald Burnham
    signed 2020-12-16 15:56:50 -0500
    all about the money instead of proper disposal
  • Scott Flood
    signed 2020-12-16 15:49:50 -0500
  • Susan Glass
    signed 2020-12-16 15:49:05 -0500
  • Paul Wilcox
    signed 2020-12-16 15:47:48 -0500
    If this isn’t done safely we risk a disaster in the Great Lakes. This pipeline should not be under the water in my view, this Canadian company should spend a little extra money for an overland route
  • Michael McGuire
    signed 2020-12-16 15:46:59 -0500
  • Tom Currao
    signed 2020-12-16 15:46:23 -0500
  • Thomas Reed
    @doctomreed tweeted link to this page. 2020-12-16 15:45:19 -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=66107
  • Thomas Reed
    signed 2020-12-16 15:44:57 -0500
    No need for such a risk to the environment. We will be fine without Line 5 , thanks anyway. Tom Reed
  • Lauren Kanaar
    signed 2020-12-16 15:44:04 -0500
  • Paul Beaucage
    signed 2020-12-16 15:43:05 -0500
  • Kurt Glomb
    signed 2020-12-16 15:42:21 -0500
    No pipeline, no tunnel and no more fossil fuels in our Great Lakes. This was a horrible idea to begin with and has only gotten worse. We as humanity are working towards weaning ourselves off of antiquated, toxic pollutants for energy and continuing to allow an oil pipeline and or putting a tunnel underneath our freshwater lakes is completely counterproductive. We are in the 21st, so let’s start acting like it. This is one of a multitude of issues we as society need to address in preserving and conserving thee largest freshwater bodies of water in the world. We shall no longer allow the exploitation of something as finite, sacred and limited as freshwater in any regard. Remember the Aral sea!!
  • Mark Vanderklipp
    signed 2020-12-16 15:41:25 -0500
    This should NOT BE ALLOWED.
  • Marilyn Pikaart
    signed 2020-12-16 15:40:32 -0500
  • Becky Andrews
    signed 2020-12-16 15:39:42 -0500
  • Whitney Roberts
    signed 2020-12-16 15:38:40 -0500
  • Bill Costley
    signed via 2020-12-16 15:36:56 -0500
  • Emily Wytiaz
    signed 2020-12-16 15:36:42 -0500
  • Anne Snudden
    signed 2020-12-16 15:35:57 -0500
  • Katie Green
    signed 2020-12-16 15:35:56 -0500
    we must end all pollution and great potential pollution for the Great Lakes. we are beyond blessed to have those fresh bodies of water and we need to cherish them and clean them up for our current use and for the use of future generations. please, please don’t put a pipeline through our water.
  • Sheryl McCleery
    signed 2020-12-16 15:33:16 -0500
  • Sarah Morrison
    signed 2020-12-16 15:33:06 -0500

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