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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  • Irwin Hoenig
    signed 2020-12-16 18:13:55 -0500
  • Rodney Schaub
    signed 2020-12-16 18:09:46 -0500
    No pipeline to n the Great Lakes
  • Kimberly Sabaugh
    signed 2020-12-16 18:08:48 -0500
    Let’s ask WARD DETWILER if this is a GOOD IDEA or a BAD IDEA.
  • Mary Paulsen
    signed 2020-12-16 18:08:24 -0500
    You are messing with our biggest fresh water supply. Please stop before you cause catastrophic problems.
  • Rosie King
    signed 2020-12-16 18:03:16 -0500
  • Clark Crowe
    signed 2020-12-16 18:00:58 -0500
  • howard ozeran
    signed 2020-12-16 17:56:29 -0500
  • John Laubach
    signed 2020-12-16 17:56:21 -0500
    Get Enbridge out! They don’t plan. They gloss over and cover up.
  • Barrie Lincourt
    signed 2020-12-16 17:56:17 -0500
  • Linnea Lindley
    signed 2020-12-16 17:55:16 -0500
  • Sandy Ryder
    signed 2020-12-16 17:54:12 -0500
  • Marcia McDonald
    signed 2020-12-16 17:45:18 -0500
  • Jeanine Weber
    signed 2020-12-16 17:43:19 -0500
  • Denise Fisher
    signed 2020-12-16 17:37:22 -0500
  • Irene Kazmers
    signed 2020-12-16 17:36:12 -0500
    Shut down Line 5 – it’s due for a devastating spill any day now would be no surprise as occurred in Kalamazoo River but the Straits of Mackinac would be the worst possible location. For such a spill where the currents of the two Geat Lakes collide for maximum dispersement of oil contamination of the otherwise pristine and precious water system of major environmental and economic value. Do not allow this priceless resource to be irrevocably destroyed. The likelihood is so high. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. May common sense and the welfare of our people and land prevail.
  • Mary Netzky
    signed 2020-12-16 17:34:15 -0500
  • Pamela Nordhof
    signed 2020-12-16 17:32:43 -0500
  • Taylor Brown
    signed 2020-12-16 17:28:47 -0500
    OUT WATER IS IRREPLACEABLE !!! Stop messing with nature!!
  • Stephen Hokanson
    signed 2020-12-16 17:24:49 -0500
  • John Larsen
    signed 2020-12-16 17:19:26 -0500
  • Ann Marie Kendrick
    signed 2020-12-16 17:18:08 -0500
  • Rick Korndorfer
    signed 2020-12-16 17:17:51 -0500
  • Daniel Bilich
    signed via 2020-12-16 17:14:19 -0500
    Please DENY this proposed permit. We don’t need a pipeline, and if we did, we should go with someone with a better reputation.

    Keep oil out of our Great Lakes!
  • Kathy Schoen
    signed 2020-12-16 17:09:42 -0500
    I and many others have been fighting to get Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac SHUT DOWN for many years. We’re in an accelerating Climate Change Crisis due to carbon based fuels. In addition a ruptured Line 5 could ruin the Great Lakes.

    Be bold, do the right thing and shut Line 5 down.
  • Wayne Stanfield Jr
    signed 2020-12-16 17:06:22 -0500
  • Carolyn Marsh
    signed via 2020-12-16 17:05:36 -0500
    No rubber-stamp.
  • Chris Heidt
    signed 2020-12-16 17:03:34 -0500
    Enbridge cannot be trusted…they proved their worthiness on the Kalmazoo river years ago! If that happens in the Straits, it would be a disaster to the Great Lakes, which provides 20% of the fresh water for the world! Close down Line 5 now!
  • Mary Valpey
    signed 2020-12-16 17:03:07 -0500
  • Dorothy Kent
    signed 2020-12-16 17:01:05 -0500
    We can’t let the Straights of Mackinac become an oil field. We need to look out for our beautiful area. We say stop the oil.
  • Tom Lanning
    signed 2020-12-16 17:00:02 -0500

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