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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  • Rebecca Mandrell
    signed 2020-12-16 15:32:42 -0500
  • Mary Griswold
    signed 2020-12-16 15:31:49 -0500
    I have lived near Lake Michigan for over 50 years. We should be stopping the use of fossil fuels, not building more infrastructure to keep the addiction going. Don’t allow this tunnel and the dumping of waste, please.
  • Sally Abdella
    signed 2020-12-16 15:31:02 -0500
  • Mary Szmadzinski
    signed 2020-12-16 15:29:47 -0500
  • Joan Costley
    signed 2020-12-16 15:28:41 -0500
  • Johan Nylind
    signed 2020-12-16 15:27:36 -0500
  • Trent Schwalbe
    signed 2020-12-16 15:24:04 -0500
  • Ivy Czekanski
    signed 2020-12-16 15:23:40 -0500
    Enbridge’s dangerous plan must undergo thorough review
  • Dick Elliott
    signed 2020-12-16 15:22:54 -0500
  • Thomas Wassmer
    signed 2020-12-16 15:22:24 -0500
  • Andrew McCoy
    signed via 2020-12-16 15:21:52 -0500
  • Diane George Bolter
    signed 2020-12-16 15:18:56 -0500
    Our family lives in Sarnia, the major oil and gas recipients of the infamous Alberta tar sands. We live by and drink the water from Lake Huron. I am Métis and value the Historical importance of The Great Lakes! We have been aware of the imminent danger of the Enbridge pipeline under the lake at Mackinaw

    We care very deeply about the protection of our precious Great Lakes.

    We are also supporting transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy that will, ultimately, support a healthier environment for our children’s future as well as a healthy economy!

    Warm regards

    Diane George Bolter
  • Douglas Simpson
    signed 2020-12-16 15:17:41 -0500
    As a lakeside resident in Sarnia, ON I am strongly opposed to the granting of a usage permit as it could cause irreparable harm to the environment in our area. Enbridge has not shown responsibility in the past.
  • Melissa Linick
    signed 2020-12-16 15:16:32 -0500
    My history with the Great Lakes goes all the way back to childhood. We need these living waters for fishing, trade, drinking, majesty. Please, in the name of protecting what can never be replaced, deny big business destruction of our living great waters. Deny the Enbridge tunnel permit.
  • Karen Pierce
    signed 2020-12-16 15:15:59 -0500
  • Dawn Petronio
    signed 2020-12-16 15:15:58 -0500
  • Patricia Benson
    signed 2020-12-16 15:15:14 -0500
  • Mallory Carson
    signed 2020-12-16 15:14:34 -0500
  • Janie Slayden
    signed 2020-12-16 15:13:55 -0500
  • Frances Compo
    signed 2020-12-16 15:12:31 -0500
  • Elizabeth Mostrom
    signed 2020-12-16 15:12:26 -0500
  • Nelson Armour
    signed 2020-12-16 15:11:02 -0500
    Please save the Great Lakes by stopping this pipeline.
  • Kathleen Snedeker
    signed 2020-12-16 15:10:52 -0500
  • Meryl Domina
    signed 2020-12-16 15:09:37 -0500
    We think that the Michigan governor should deny Embridge a permit to allow a tunnel under Lake Michigan. We further think that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should not cooperative with Embridge to dump wastewater into the Great Lakes during tunnel construction.
  • Linda Pritchard
    signed 2020-12-16 15:08:26 -0500
    The Great Lakes are too important as a water source to risk the massive pollution that will occur at some point. Especially given the lessening need for fossil fuels, this tunnel should not be built and Line 5 should be shut down.
  • Wayne Phillips
    signed 2020-12-16 15:07:00 -0500
  • Brianna Gerrity
    signed 2020-12-16 15:03:51 -0500
  • Meg Ackerman
    signed 2020-12-16 15:03:44 -0500
  • Rosemary Steers
    signed 2020-12-16 15:02:27 -0500
  • Rob Jenkin
    signed 2020-12-16 15:01:57 -0500

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