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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  • Marjorie Noss
    signed 2020-12-17 11:20:46 -0500
  • Elisabeth Silvis
    signed 2020-12-17 11:03:39 -0500
    The Great Lakes are a precious resource which must be overseen with great care.
  • Carol Johnston
    signed 2020-12-17 11:02:40 -0500
  • Tom McCarty
    signed 2020-12-17 10:49:20 -0500
    As defenders on America’s single most precious resource, we will not allow a foreign company to risk defiling these waters so they can profit materially. This is not a crap shoot, stop it now!
  • Katherine Kinas
    signed 2020-12-17 10:46:47 -0500
  • Wendy Casey
    signed 2020-12-17 10:42:54 -0500
    Oil is not the future so don’t risk our great lakes
  • Barbara Davis
    signed 2020-12-17 10:42:32 -0500
  • Kirk Shotts
    signed 2020-12-17 10:41:58 -0500
  • Freida Pruitt-Craig
    signed 2020-12-17 10:32:43 -0500
  • Janet Hughes-Smith
    signed 2020-12-17 10:32:13 -0500
    Please act to protect our fresh water!
  • Chris Smith
    signed 2020-12-17 10:25:31 -0500
    We should protect our Great Lakes at any cost.
  • Jamie Florida-Kephart
    signed 2020-12-17 10:25:12 -0500
  • Meredith Freeby
    signed 2020-12-17 10:14:32 -0500
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  • Lynn McGovern
    signed 2020-12-17 10:12:22 -0500
  • Abe Martin
    signed 2020-12-17 10:06:22 -0500
  • Madeline Freeman
    signed 2020-12-17 10:04:20 -0500
  • Lisa Kyle
    signed 2020-12-17 10:03:05 -0500
    Please make our ecological sustainability your priority!
  • Anthony Cap
    signed 2020-12-17 09:51:29 -0500
  • Parker Anderson
    signed 2020-12-17 09:47:33 -0500
  • David Petroelje
    signed 2020-12-17 09:38:33 -0500
  • Carol Hicks
    signed 2020-12-17 09:35:17 -0500
  • Kate Wojan
    signed 2020-12-17 09:34:06 -0500
  • Amy Reinartz
    signed 2020-12-17 09:33:40 -0500
    The irreplaceable Great Lakes holds 6 quadrillions gallons of fresh water that our planet needs to survive . On Lake Mi. alone, 13,3 million people use 10.8 billion gallons of water per day..(see National Geo, 12/20 issue). We are still suffering from the Embrige pipe break on the Kalamazoo River.
  • Lizzy Hamilton
    signed 2020-12-17 09:29:19 -0500
  • Carol Rall
    signed 2020-12-17 09:28:21 -0500
    Time to act!
  • Valerie Payne-Jackson
    signed 2020-12-17 09:28:19 -0500
  • Bon Berg
    signed 2020-12-17 09:27:11 -0500
    Keep the Lakes safe!
  • Jill Eby
    signed 2020-12-17 09:26:40 -0500
  • Kallie McLane
    signed 2020-12-17 09:26:00 -0500

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