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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  • Chloe Frye-Anthony
    signed 2020-12-16 20:53:51 -0500
  • Lisa Fox
    signed 2020-12-16 20:53:22 -0500
    Deny the permit PLEASE! We cannot take a chance in contaminating our most precious natural resource. No oil pipeline should ever go through any of the Great Lakes. Permanent moratorium on them. Develop viable energy alternatives in the Upper Peninsula. The technology is there. And continue the rebates for alternative energy sources as well as the electricity buyback program.
  • Ashley Siwka
    signed 2020-12-16 20:53:06 -0500
  • Catherine Dillon
    signed 2020-12-16 20:47:28 -0500
  • Frank Fortino
    signed 2020-12-16 20:44:46 -0500
  • Guy Plamondon
    signed 2020-12-16 20:42:47 -0500
  • Mary Link
    signed 2020-12-16 20:20:45 -0500
  • Mary Wolney
    signed 2020-12-16 20:17:23 -0500
  • Peggy Jensen
    signed 2020-12-16 20:10:19 -0500
  • Mary Rapin
    signed 2020-12-16 20:08:39 -0500
  • Cindy Polom
    signed 2020-12-16 20:03:25 -0500
    All of our homes on Bois Blanc Island would be lost if that pipeline leaks. Enbridge is irresponsible in their denial of the truth.
  • Terry Coveyou
    signed 2020-12-16 20:01:18 -0500
  • Patricia Walter
    signed via 2020-12-16 20:00:40 -0500
  • Donna Taylor
    signed 2020-12-16 19:59:33 -0500
    Enbridge can not be trusted!
  • James Nelson
    signed 2020-12-16 19:57:58 -0500
  • Todd Hayes
    signed 2020-12-16 19:48:27 -0500
  • Todd Brewer
    signed 2020-12-16 19:44:13 -0500
  • Leslee Shutes
    signed 2020-12-16 19:43:38 -0500
  • Sherry Woodbeck
    signed 2020-12-16 19:35:06 -0500
  • Judith Case
    signed 2020-12-16 19:28:29 -0500
  • Robert Baisch
    signed 2020-12-16 19:25:27 -0500
  • Madelyn Le Page
    signed 2020-12-16 19:21:27 -0500
  • Charles Wolterink
    signed 2020-12-16 19:19:06 -0500
  • Owen Beckley
    signed 2020-12-16 19:18:20 -0500
  • David Perk
    signed 2020-12-16 19:18:00 -0500
  • Daniel Joba
    signed 2020-12-16 19:13:56 -0500
  • David Elmendorf
    signed 2020-12-16 19:12:53 -0500
  • Sarah Keith
    signed 2020-12-16 19:10:27 -0500
  • Claire Donovan
    signed 2020-12-16 19:07:03 -0500
    The people of Michigan do not want this tunnel.
  • Connie Kreiner
    signed 2020-12-16 19:06:54 -0500

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