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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  • Dan Murphey
    signed 2020-10-11 15:01:53 -0400
    stop the insanity of fouling the nest — enbridge is a corporate villain
  • Robert Baisch
    signed 2020-10-11 14:59:26 -0400
  • Dustin Brouwer
    signed 2020-10-11 14:56:31 -0400
    Enbridge has had their chance and blew it too many times, shut it down. In the event they do succeed, I’m glad it’s at least going under the lakebed this time. For the health and livelihood of the people of Michigan, I really hope it works.
  • Rita TurnerSheerin
    signed 2020-10-11 14:56:09 -0400
    As a child, I always wanted to come to Michigan because of the beautiful and clean Great Lakes. As an adult and Michigan citizen I see that those type of dreams are fading as we watch leaders put industrial interests with their empty promises ahead of protecting the rare fresh water lakes of the Great Lakes. Do not move forward to permit Enbridge or any other entity build a tunnel to transport anything.

    Rita Turner-Sheerin
  • E Paxson
    signed 2020-10-11 14:51:42 -0400
  • Catherine Hasse
    signed 2020-10-11 14:51:23 -0400
  • Cynthia Rieke
    signed via 2020-10-11 14:50:54 -0400
  • Dan Verkerke
    signed 2020-10-11 14:49:29 -0400
  • Gerald Link
    signed 2020-10-11 14:44:49 -0400
    Fouling the Great Lakes Basin with an oil spill, a result of Enbridge’s immoral monetary greed is both wrong-headed and a testament to the misguided leadership of principals and shareholders who choose profits over environmental degradation of someone else’s natural resources. The surface oil sheen and dispersed oil droplets in the water column would suffocate and decimate most all invertebrate life supporting both commercial and sport fishing species that provide BILLIONS of $$ to Great Lakes Basin economies, both American and Canadian. Similarly, the fertilized eggs of the many fish species would be smothered as they lay on the bottom or float in the water column while maturing. Hydrocarbon aerosols breathed by oil spill clean-up workers would create chronic respiratory ailments lasting decades and costing BILLIONS in health care costs and human productivity. The remote possibility of remediation and restoration of the Great Lakes watershed within the lifetimes of those basin residents alive today and their children and grandchildren following a catastrophic oil spill is nil. The lost income to municipal, city, state, and provincial governments surrounding the Great Lakes Basin would reduce the region we call ‘home’ to an unrecognizable former “Blue Ribbon” tourist destination. We need to heed the science from our universities and agencies who monitor, study, and protect our eco-systems for the economic and recreational benefits to our populations. I believe the citizens of all states adjacent to the Great Lakes need to vote on the removal of Line 5 from the Straits of Mackinaw to send that message to those who refuse to hear our voices. G.J. Link
  • Lynne Sheldon
    signed 2020-10-11 14:44:16 -0400
  • Pamela Hall
    signed 2020-10-11 14:43:25 -0400
  • Marya Fischel
    signed 2020-10-11 14:41:21 -0400
    How long must this fight go on. Please, listen to reason and do not let this long “no solution” project to manifest!
  • Wayne Say
    signed 2020-10-11 14:41:17 -0400
  • Jill Warren
    signed 2020-10-11 14:40:41 -0400
  • Melissa Heithaus
    signed 2020-10-11 14:35:46 -0400
    We need to look to more renewable energies, such as water wind and solar!!!!!
  • Ed Steinman
    signed 2020-10-11 14:34:10 -0400
    I wouldn’t want to be the one who fell for this bid to keep the Line 5 working for the next several years only to have the pipeline break during that time.
  • Susan Wheadon
    signed 2020-10-11 14:31:20 -0400
  • Rochelle Martinez
    signed 2020-10-11 14:31:01 -0400
  • Joan Knipe
    signed 2020-10-11 14:28:52 -0400
  • Florence Sandok
    signed via 2020-10-11 14:28:26 -0400
  • Sabrina Garland
    signed 2020-10-11 14:27:07 -0400
  • Jann Krupa
    signed 2020-10-11 14:27:01 -0400
  • Dixie Wong
    signed 2020-10-11 14:26:53 -0400
  • Deb H Cookingham
    signed 2020-10-11 14:26:34 -0400
  • Donna McClurkan
    signed 2020-10-11 14:26:33 -0400
  • Diane Adams
    signed via 2020-10-11 14:26:29 -0400
  • Jan Firebaugh
    signed 2020-10-11 14:25:50 -0400
    Protect our Great Lakes!
  • Cheryl Campbell
    signed 2020-10-11 14:24:37 -0400
  • Wes Hough
    signed 2020-10-11 14:24:28 -0400
  • Robert Williams
    signed 2020-10-11 14:24:20 -0400

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