Sign this petition calling on the protection of the Great Lakes, the climate, and of all Michiganders.

Tell the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE) to deny Enbridge permits to construct a fossil fuel tunnel through the Great Lakes. Science demands that we shift to using clean energy now. Serious flaws in the permits put us all at risk.


We'll send your signature to EGLE before the October 19 deadline for public comment on the Enbridge tunnel permit.

UPDATE - Monday, Oct 19, 11:00 PM: Signatures here will no longer be delivered to EGLE. You can still submit a comment by visiting this comment page and submitting an email by 11:59 PM tonight.

To the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE):

I urge you to reject Enbridge Energy’s application for permission to relocate its pipelines into an oil tunnel through the bottomlands of the Great Lakes. This is not simply a relocation - it is new fossil fuel infrastructure.

Building an oil tunnel through the Straits of Mackinac would continue to endanger public trust waters and bottomlands at the Straits, and would continue the risk to our waters posed by Line 5's other 400-plus water crossings. Feasible and prudent alternatives to the energy currently provided by Line 5 exist - this project is not in the public's interest.

The science is clear that to avoid significantly worsening impacts of climate change, we must rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including from the burning of fossil fuels. Allowing Enbridge to build a new pipeline that can transport oil for up to 99 years through our state will exacerbate climate change, the impacts of which are already harming our state and its residents.

Building an oil tunnel would take five or more years at a time when the existing pipeline may keep operating, extending the risk of a devastating oil spill into the Great Lakes and exposing Michiganders to a heightened risk of contaminated drinking water, endangered livelihoods, and lost access to recreational activities.  

I ask that you protect our Great Lakes, our state, and our families from the worsening impacts of climate change by rejecting this application.

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  • Greg Bennett
    signed 2020-10-19 15:24:33 -0400
  • Whitney Roberts
    signed 2020-10-19 15:23:34 -0400
  • Hailey Joppich
    signed 2020-10-19 15:21:20 -0400
  • Maeve Croghan
    signed 2020-10-19 15:20:51 -0400
  • Kelsey Collins
    signed via 2020-10-19 15:20:43 -0400
  • Philip Hamburg
    signed 2020-10-19 15:20:03 -0400
  • Nicholas Eklund
    signed 2020-10-19 15:19:14 -0400
  • Denise Kirchoff
    signed via 2020-10-19 15:18:59 -0400
    Now that you are aware of the historical find, in the path of line 5 why would you not stop the work? Are you fine with the continued destruction of the Native Cultural , is your drive for colonial destruction of history so engrained in the bottom line of your company’s profit that this means nothing to you?

  • Amanda Moran
    signed 2020-10-19 15:18:44 -0400
  • Jesse MOrn
    signed 2020-10-19 15:16:14 -0400
  • Kimberly Flowers
    signed 2020-10-19 15:14:53 -0400
  • Emily Carr
    signed 2020-10-19 15:14:35 -0400
  • meesh
    @micha_meesh tweeted link to this page. 2020-10-19 15:14:06 -0400
    Do you love an oil-free Great Lakes? They're under threat, you know. Join me and sign this petition calling on @MichiganEGLE and @EGLEDirector to reject the Enbridge Line 5 Oil Tunnel. #NoTunnel #SDL5 https://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/egle_no_tunnel_petition?recruiter_id=82995
  • Lara Ruddy
    signed 2020-10-19 15:13:27 -0400
    Michigan’s water is sacred. The well-being of our state is dependent on the water. To place a pipeline through the water is laying the foundation for a disaster. Have we not learned from this yet? How many oil spills need to happen before we learn? The wildlife is drastically effected. The drinking water would be toxic and all of this can be prevented. Why not use this money towards something that is forward thinking to the future. Fossil fuels need to die, our planet is struggling and our choices, this decision is so important. Our water should not have a new line. Oil considered before the wellbeing people and environment is completely shameful. Please, please do not allow this to happen.
  • Mike Nowak
    signed 2020-10-19 15:10:22 -0400
    There are two issues here. 1) Putting the largest bodies of fresh water in the world at risk, and 2) Continuing down the road of fossil fuel extraction. Each is madness. Together, they represent not just insanity, but calculated, criminal irresponsibility.
  • Robin Redden
    signed 2020-10-19 15:09:13 -0400
    The need for this pipeline is gone, my parents live in the U. P. And they say the same and actually are just worried about what we all know will happen!
  • Charlotte Mayhew
    signed 2020-10-19 15:08:37 -0400
  • Gladys Bybee
    signed 2020-10-19 15:06:54 -0400
  • Dorothy Christy
    signed 2020-10-19 15:01:39 -0400
  • Paricia Perales
    signed 2020-10-19 15:01:22 -0400
  • Grace Park
    signed via 2020-10-19 15:01:21 -0400
  • Susie Romero
    signed 2020-10-19 15:01:18 -0400
  • Sheri Carpenter
    signed 2020-10-19 14:57:23 -0400
  • Carol Grady
    signed 2020-10-19 14:53:03 -0400
  • Jake Therrien
    signed 2020-10-19 14:50:18 -0400
  • Al Vollmer
    signed 2020-10-19 14:49:33 -0400
  • Rebecca Smith
    signed 2020-10-19 14:49:31 -0400
    I do not live in Michigan, but visit “Up North” a couple of times a summer. We do not need more fossil fuel infrastructure, especially in such a fragile area. Spills do happen! Haven’t forgotten the one on the river in the southern part of the state…
  • Amber Sullivan
    signed 2020-10-19 14:46:48 -0400
  • Naomi King
    signed 2020-10-19 14:46:16 -0400
    Why would the State of Michigan jeopardize one of the largest concentrations of pristine freshwater in the world by allowing an oil tunnel to transect the Great Lakes? This project is not in the public’s interest.
  • Thomas Gerou
    signed 2020-10-19 14:45:05 -0400

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