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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  • Maria Simon
    signed 2020-12-16 19:04:23 -0500
    Stop polluting our youths environment and future !
  • Nicholas Paganelli
    signed 2020-12-16 18:57:08 -0500
    Stop polluting our fresh water for fossil fuels. We need renewable energy these days! Greed is murdering our planet, and the last thing Michigan needs is more fossil fuel greed. Get the F out of my state!
  • Maxwell Offerman
    signed 2020-12-16 18:52:00 -0500
  • Sarah Kladder
    signed 2020-12-16 18:51:22 -0500
  • Lance Weyeneth
    signed 2020-12-16 18:47:14 -0500
    The industry has had several decades to find another route for their product… It’s time to force them to do so by shutting down Line~5.
  • Annie Paganelli
    signed 2020-12-16 18:47:07 -0500
  • Patricia Tergerson
    signed 2020-12-16 18:43:04 -0500
    Shut down line 5
  • angie a
    signed 2020-12-16 18:42:50 -0500
  • Jessica Walz
    signed 2020-12-16 18:41:53 -0500
  • Kimberly Stanley
    signed 2020-12-16 18:40:59 -0500
    Water is one of the most precious and vulnerable natural resources on earth. We cannot afford to risk this critical system that millions of living things, including humans depend on to stay alive. With climate change being one of the biggest threats to the future of our planet, it behooves us to thoroughly investigate this potential disaster in the making. There are no do-overs when it comes to poisoning our incredibly necessary Great Lakes.
  • Carl Fangboner
    signed 2020-12-16 18:40:45 -0500
    This company that has already shown to Michigan that their promises and statements mean nothing. Protect our Great Lakes at all costs.
  • Perla Jorge
    signed 2020-12-16 18:40:39 -0500
  • Mike Wrathell
    signed 2020-12-16 18:40:03 -0500
    The Great Lakes are too precious and too important to take chances with. Big Oil may be willing to roll the dice, but our government is supposed to be by, of, and for the people, not Big Oil. I voted for President Trump, too. I’m not a bleeding heart, but nor am I a leaking pipeline. There are ways to transport oil with risking the destruction of the Great Lakes.
  • Charles Niswander
    signed 2020-12-16 18:35:34 -0500
  • Miriam Francisco
    signed 2020-12-16 18:35:21 -0500
  • Michele Bourdieu
    signed 2020-12-16 18:33:44 -0500
  • Glen Miller
    signed 2020-12-16 18:33:20 -0500
  • Lena McCown
    signed 2020-12-16 18:30:38 -0500
    Deny the Enbridge tunnel permit. it is not if but when will it leak?? Protect the Earth for our grandchildren.
  • Sandy Reszka
    signed 2020-12-16 18:29:45 -0500
    Please take this line #5 away from the Straits of Mackinaw before it does great and harmful damage to our beautiful Great Lakes region. Thank you.
  • James D'Amour
    signed 2020-12-16 18:27:06 -0500
  • Margaret VanHoudt
    signed 2020-12-16 18:26:52 -0500
  • Sandra Johnstone
    signed 2020-12-16 18:23:53 -0500
  • Alexander Baird
    signed 2020-12-16 18:23:50 -0500
    We need to keep our lakes clean!
  • Jacqueline Hinchey
    signed 2020-12-16 18:23:13 -0500
  • Amber Petersen
    signed 2020-12-16 18:20:24 -0500
    Do not pollute the Great Lakes
  • Suzanne House
    signed 2020-12-16 18:18:03 -0500
    Stop Enbridge !
  • Wojtek Nocon
    signed 2020-12-16 18:15:39 -0500
  • Doug Cairns
    signed 2020-12-16 18:15:31 -0500
  • Katharine Nielsen
    signed 2020-12-16 18:14:32 -0500
  • Lori Kudirka
    signed 2020-12-16 18:14:02 -0500

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