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.

Help Reach the Next Goal: 6,500 signatures

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  • Lauren Sargent
    signed 2018-11-01 20:58:12 -0400
  • Stacey Jett
    signed 2018-11-01 20:30:15 -0400
    Stacey Jett – everyone knows that water and oil don’t mix. When there is an oil spill it will only matter to those still alive. I hope I’m dead.
  • This Roberts
    signed 2018-11-01 19:57:18 -0400
    For all of the reasons already presented above , line 5 should be removed from the Straits of Mackinaw. The negative ramifications of an oil spill in the Great Lakes out weights any reason that Enbridge might put forward. It’s the citizens of Michigan who will pay the price of a spill. The Great Lakes Are our water supplies. Our recreation. Our food source. Our motto. They are everything positive and necessary for life. Canada has plenty of gas/oil in

    Their own oil fields. They do not need oil from the States Enbridge co. Has a poor record of monitoring their lines in Michigan. They should be banned from Michigan

    Catherine Roberts
  • Jane Bellezza
    signed via 2018-11-01 18:40:13 -0400
    Shut Enbridge Line 5 five down NOW~!!!
  • Carole Chirgwin
    signed 2018-11-01 16:09:44 -0400
    A tunnel is so against the will of the people and the environment.
  • John Breithaupt
    signed 2018-11-01 15:00:13 -0400
  • Ruth Ann Pace
    signed 2018-11-01 14:40:28 -0400
    You mr. Snyder are insane.

    Following your money trail.
  • Kristen Woutersz
    signed 2018-11-01 13:17:45 -0400
    Kristen Woutersz
  • Pamela Patterson
    signed 2018-10-31 22:11:54 -0400
  • Christina Machinski
    signed 2018-10-31 21:28:36 -0400
    Christina Machinski
  • Elizabeth J Haran
    signed 2018-10-31 17:14:46 -0400
    Elizabeth J Haran
  • John Olson
    signed 2018-10-31 13:53:24 -0400
    Not worth the risk. Michigan depends on our Great Lakes
  • Diane Rehak
    signed 2018-10-31 12:17:30 -0400
    It’s a bad idea, it breaks the law, it breaks a Treaty and it moves to allow a company that has proven it cannot transport its product across land or under water without horrific consequences to our planet. My gosh they still have not cleaned up their messes from past leaks I just don’t think we can take this chance with the Great Lakes.
  • Gail Sweany
    signed 2018-10-31 10:10:25 -0400
  • Karen Martin
    signed 2018-10-31 09:24:17 -0400
    Stop the motivation of greed and do what is the right thing to do. STOP OIL FROM GOING UNDER, OVER, ON the Great Lakes. Life Needs Water, your duty is to PROTECT it, not to protect a foreign oil company’s profits.
  • Lynne Van Ness
    signed via 2018-10-31 09:19:11 -0400
    Lynne G Van Ness
  • Johanna Miller
    signed 2018-10-31 09:08:08 -0400
  • Craig Goble
    signed 2018-10-31 08:50:36 -0400
  • Amy Balthrop
    signed via 2018-10-31 08:45:25 -0400
  • Ann George
    signed 2018-10-31 08:39:24 -0400
    Gary Marek
  • Magy Endsley
    signed 2018-10-31 08:39:07 -0400
    Just one more move in the wrong direction!
  • Jeryl Colby
    signed 2018-10-31 08:35:42 -0400
  • Jo Ann Roosen
    signed 2018-10-31 01:08:48 -0400
  • Charles Gibson
    signed via 2018-10-30 19:51:11 -0400
  • Ann Roberts
    signed 2018-10-30 19:24:18 -0400
  • James Force
    signed 2018-10-30 18:20:23 -0400
  • Heidi Weber
    signed 2018-10-30 16:47:27 -0400
  • Tamara Meyers
    signed 2018-10-30 15:51:02 -0400
  • Susan Anderson
    signed 2018-10-30 13:40:32 -0400
  • Chris Pinter
    signed 2018-10-30 12:11:49 -0400
    Chris Pinter

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