Add your voice to those who know an oil tunnel under the Great Lakes is a bad idea.

Enbridge and Michigan's Governor made a backroom deal to explore building a tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac that would keep Canadian oil flowing through the Great Lakes. A tunnel is a bad idea on several levels. 

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Join us and sign this petition now to oppose a Line 5 oil pipeline tunnel for Canada, protect the Great Lakes, and support shutting down the Line 5 oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac. 

To Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Attorney General Bill Schuette, and all 2018 candidates for governor and attorney general in Michigan:

There is no light at the end of Gov. Snyder’s proposed Line 5 oil pipeline tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac. Michigan doesn’t need Enbridge’s Line 5 or the oil it sends to southern Ontario. We don’t need to keep the Great Lakes at risk of a catastrophic oil pipeline rupture in the Straits while state officials spend years and taxpayer resources keeping an old oil pipeline running so a Canadian oil transport company can get a new pipeline built in Michigan to transport heavy tar sands oil.

What we do need is a clear timetable to close Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac and keep oil pipelines out of the Great Lakes!

Gov. Snyder’s proposed Line 5 tunnel presents a host of troubling problems, threatening the long-term protection of the Great Lakes and their tributaries. They include:

  • Exposing the Great Lakes to dangerous tar sands oil – Constructing a tunnel for a Canadian company to haul Canadian oil to southern Canada under the world’s largest source of fresh surface water will transform Line 5 into yet another dangerous Enbridge tar sands oil conduit. Line 5 does not currently transport heavy tar sands oil thanks to the State of Michigan’s 2015 ban. However, a new Canadian tunnel in the Straits is an invitation for Enbridge to seek to lift this ban and transport tar sands in Line 5. A Canadian Line 5 tunnel would give Enbridge the green light to expand its North American tar sands oil operations here in the heart of the Great Lakes.
  • Continuing to use a leaky old oil pipeline – Building a tunnel for Canada under the Great Lakes ignores the other 641 miles of the 65-year old Line 5 that are increasingly corroding, especially in boggy wet areas. Since 1968, Line 5 has ruptured at least 29 times on land, spilling over 1.1 million gallons of oil into Michigan’s pristine lands and waters. Line 5 traverses 245 other water crossings, including ones that are tributaries of Lakes Michigan, Superior, and Huron. One Line 5 spill in the Upper Peninsula near Lake Michigan contaminated 825 tons of soil in the Hiawatha National Forest and exposed groundwater to potential contamination.
  • Ignoring the law and alternatives – A Canadian tunnel under the Straits is not permissible under Michigan’s Great Lakes Submerged Lands Act (GLSLA), common law public trust doctrine, and would risk violating the 1836 Treaty and consent decree with Michigan Tribes protecting the Straits fishing grounds. These protections are meant to safeguard the Great Lakes and state officials must enforce them and Enbridge can’t ignore them. One such protection requires Enbridge to prove that there are no other alternatives to Line 5 or the Straits, when in fact other alternatives exist. As citizens, we also have a right to ensure our laws protecting the Great Lakes are followed.
  • Opposing the public’s will – Michigan has already imposed a directional oil and gas drilling ban deep under the Great Lakes because of its sovereign title to these public trust Great Lakes bottomlands. Opening up the Great Lakes to more oil transport is in conflict with this established policy. The oil and gas drilling ban arose largely because of concern about the migration of oil upward from the subsurface lakebeds of the Great Lakes. Strongly supported by the public, the 2002 drilling ban was designed to prevent the very risk of a Line 5 tunnel for Canada would present. In addition, May 2018 public polling results found 54% of Michigan voters want the Line 5 oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac to be shut down, and 87% of voters said they are concerned that the 65-year-old pipeline could have oil spill in Northern Michigan, while 64% said they are "very concerned."
  • Triggering NAFTA claims by other companies – Allowing Enbridge to tunnel under the Great Lakes to benefit Canada could trigger other oil and gas transport companies to assert rights under Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), citing violations of fair treatment and free trade provisions.
  • Harming the Pure Michigan economy – Northern Michigan’s regional economy—from tourism to fishing—would face severe disruption during construction of a Canadian Line 5 tunnel. A state study estimated 27 months of significant increases in traffic congestion near the Mackinac Bridge, reduced housing for seasonal tourism workers and strains on emergency fire, rescue and police services.
  • Risking an explosion and catastrophic spill – All oil pipelines – even those in tunnels – have an inherent risk of spills in their operations. The risk of having a spill cannot be completely engineered away because of the ever-present potential for human error contributing to or causing a spill event. Combining crude oil pipelines with other pipe fossil fuel liquids or gases introduces worst-case scenarios that would likely compound the high risk of unacceptable catastrophic harm.
  • Promoting climate change – Climate change demands immediate, coordinated state and regional energy policies that promote the expansion of renewable energies. By continued investment in fossil fuel infrastructure like Line 5, however, the State would effectively delay the current energy transition to renewable energy across North America. In addition, extracting and refining Canadian tar sands crude oil produces 20 percent more climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions than the same processes for conventional American crude, according to a peer-reviewed study funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

A Line 5 oil pipeline tunnel for Canada under the Straits of Mackinac poses an unacceptable risk to our water, ecosystems, health, and economy.

I urge you to oppose a Line 5 oil pipeline tunnel for Canada, protect the Great Lakes, and support shutting down the Line 5 oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac.

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  • Eileen Melia-Chiappetta
    signed 2018-11-26 19:21:57 -0500
  • Susan Nicholas
    signed 2018-11-26 18:49:11 -0500
  • Adam Wells
    signed 2018-11-26 17:29:24 -0500
    This tunnel plan keeps a dangerous pipeline in Michigan waters for years to come. Michigan is not the real benefactor of this deal – it’s Enbridge. Snyder should be ashamed for putting Enbridge’s interests over the interests of his own constituents.
  • Etsuko K.Andersen
    signed via 2018-11-26 16:47:12 -0500
  • Joan Gebhardt
    signed 2018-11-26 16:40:42 -0500
  • Barbara Zysk-Berman
    signed 2018-11-26 14:22:26 -0500
    I urge Governor Synder to NOT sign the bill SB-1197. Line 5 is failing and adding a tunnel to enclose it avoiding the issue. Our Great Lakes provide income, recreation and beauty to our state. We should be caretakers of this precious resource, not polluters. Please don’t allow them to poison our lakes and rivers.
  • Tanya Pitkin
    signed 2018-11-26 13:22:11 -0500
  • Eva Koelzer
    signed 2018-11-26 13:19:19 -0500
  • Alice Hill
    signed 2018-11-26 12:01:20 -0500
  • Suzanne Dixon
    signed 2018-11-26 11:46:29 -0500
  • Mike Moore
    signed 2018-11-26 09:45:31 -0500
  • Patricia Ahrens
    signed via 2018-11-26 09:42:54 -0500
  • John Honkavaara
    signed 2018-11-26 09:05:13 -0500
  • Kathleen Spencer
    @keekrules tweeted link to this page. 2018-11-26 08:37:28 -0500
    Enbridge and Michigan's Governor Snyder made a backroom deal to explore building a tunnel for Canadian oil under the Great Lakes. SIGN THE PETITION opposing this horrible idea. #RetireLine5 https://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/oppose_line_5_oil_pipeline_tunnel?recruiter_id=64303
  • Kathleen Spencer
    signed 2018-11-26 08:37:07 -0500
  • Linda S. Albee
    signed 2018-11-26 08:13:17 -0500
    I opposed the building of an “Oil Pipeline” under the Straits of Mackinaw. This is a nightmare idea!

    Linda Albee
  • Dave Aho
    @daahos tweeted link to this page. 2018-11-26 08:09:27 -0500
    Enbridge and Michigan's Governor Snyder made a backroom deal to explore building a tunnel for Canadian oil under the Great Lakes. SIGN THE PETITION opposing this horrible idea. #RetireLine5 https://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/oppose_line_5_oil_pipeline_tunnel?recruiter_id=64301
  • Florence Lamontagne
    signed 2018-11-25 19:49:28 -0500
  • Pauline Reeder
    signed 2018-11-25 16:43:23 -0500
  • the_masked_guitarist
    @gabesk82 tweeted link to this page. 2018-11-25 11:51:03 -0500
    Enbridge and Michigan's Governor Snyder made a backroom deal to explore building a tunnel for Canadian oil under the Great Lakes. SIGN THE PETITION opposing this horrible idea. #RetireLine5 https://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/oppose_line_5_oil_pipeline_tunnel?recruiter_id=64284
  • Gabriel Ploeg
    signed 2018-11-25 11:46:18 -0500
    Gabriel Ploeg
  • Larry Lipton
    signed 2018-11-25 11:04:08 -0500
  • Peter Tochman
    signed 2018-11-25 10:19:37 -0500
    Snyder does not need to push this through before the end of his term.

    If it was such a good deal, it would stand on its own merits.

    Snyder should be ashamed!
  • Marg Tvedten
    signed 2018-11-25 09:13:28 -0500
  • Jodi Decker
    signed 2018-11-24 16:57:37 -0500
  • Lori Bonifas
    signed 2018-11-24 11:17:27 -0500
  • Charlie Weaver
    signed 2018-11-23 21:06:24 -0500
    Shut ’er down!
  • Andrea B
    signed 2018-11-23 18:15:06 -0500
  • Robert Brown
    signed 2018-11-23 11:53:41 -0500
  • Angela Koch
    signed 2018-11-23 10:00:56 -0500
    Angela Koch

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