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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  • David A Dunn
    signed via 2020-12-17 14:21:11 -0500
  • L Church
    signed 2020-12-17 14:20:05 -0500
  • Janice Webber
    signed 2020-12-17 14:18:38 -0500
  • Peter Tochman
    signed 2020-12-17 14:13:40 -0500
    This pipeline is not worth the risk.
  • Elisabeth Kornblum
    signed 2020-12-17 13:40:03 -0500
  • Richard Pichiotino
    signed 2020-12-17 13:37:45 -0500
  • Dorothy Neff
    signed 2020-12-17 13:34:06 -0500
  • Amanda Brock
    signed 2020-12-17 13:32:15 -0500
  • Shirley Pineda
    signed 2020-12-17 13:30:59 -0500
  • Michael Gallagher
    signed 2020-12-17 13:21:28 -0500
  • Gretchen Davis
    signed 2020-12-17 13:17:40 -0500
    Do what’s best for Michigan & our surrounding states and call on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deny the Enbridge tunnel permit!
  • Carol Lynn Napora
    signed 2020-12-17 13:06:13 -0500
    Water Is Life
  • Nancy Gallardo
    signed 2020-12-17 13:04:22 -0500
  • Stephan Lowe
    signed 2020-12-17 13:03:10 -0500
    I completely love The Great Lakes! they are majestic Lakes of life. They need to be protected for ever.
  • Gloria Lachance
    signed 2020-12-17 12:58:16 -0500
  • Ruth Anderson
    signed 2020-12-17 12:49:24 -0500
    Keep are wild lands and lakes free. We need clean, open wild areas for the health of OurEarth. Wild Animals need to have clean, open land that is protected. Please protect our wild places for future generations.
  • Tim Marschner
    signed 2020-12-17 12:47:33 -0500
    You only live once. Don’t be stupid. Don’t leave a polluted Great Lake for future generations!
  • Daniel Rickabus
    signed 2020-12-17 12:43:54 -0500
  • Randy Asmus
    signed 2020-12-17 12:25:55 -0500
  • Janice O'dell
    signed 2020-12-17 12:18:06 -0500
  • Denise McDowell
    signed 2020-12-17 12:12:45 -0500
  • Larry Dennis
    signed 2020-12-17 12:11:37 -0500
  • Linda Schwalm
    signed 2020-12-17 12:10:27 -0500
  • Ann Dunlop
    signed 2020-12-17 12:06:31 -0500
    I am 1000% opposed to Enbridge dumping wastewater into the Great Lakes. I have lived my entire 67 years on and near Lake Michigan. It, and the other four, are a precious commodity and MUST be protected. There is no way to “safely” dump 5,000,000 gallons of wastewater into the lakes. PLEASE do whatever you need to do to stop Enbridge and protect one of our most precious natural resources.
  • James Bates
    signed 2020-12-17 11:56:00 -0500
  • Tamara Stagman
    signed 2020-12-17 11:54:33 -0500
    Water is life; please for our children’s future shut down Line 5 and do Not build a tunnel. It is time to get away from fossil fuels. We do not need this tunnel to survive. Enbridge can transport their oil to Sarnia via one of their other pipelines. Please listen to the people of Michigan and do Not allow a tunnel and Shut down Line 5 permanently. There have been many other leaks in this Line 5 and it is time to decommission it for the good of our environment.

    Thank you for doing the right thing.

    Tami Stagman
  • Robert Learner
    signed 2020-12-17 11:49:20 -0500
  • Bonnie W Smith
    signed 2020-12-17 11:43:08 -0500
  • Cate Honse
    signed 2020-12-17 11:27:48 -0500
    Chris Honse
  • Linda Wynbeek
    signed 2020-12-17 11:22:28 -0500

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