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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  • Martin Schnur
    signed via 2018-12-09 22:23:06 -0500
    Time to stop the pipeline madness.
  • Ruth Malfroid
    signed 2018-12-09 17:06:41 -0500
  • Diane Ehlert
    signed 2018-12-09 14:09:53 -0500
    Big companies and their goal is profits. They are not concerned of the effects of the future and the devastation that can and do occur. What more can be important than continuing to care for our planet and without clean and uncontaminated water what do you have? We have too many people in Government that do not care because of their position in power and greed. That is not why they are voted into serving the people of this country. The time will come when our planet will become uninhabitable. Why rush that?
  • Diana Quinn
    signed 2018-12-09 09:33:28 -0500
  • David Chadderdon
    signed via 2018-12-08 22:46:22 -0500
  • Constance White
    signed via 2018-12-08 14:02:56 -0500
    Constance White
  • Susan Harrison
    signed 2018-12-08 09:21:40 -0500
  • Kate Kirk-Greenberg
    signed 2018-12-08 09:14:31 -0500
    Renewable energy should be the ONLY kind of energy Michigan invests in.
  • Stephanie Aho
    signed 2018-12-08 08:05:02 -0500
    No tunnel and shut down Line 5, time is waisting.
  • Linn Kracht
    signed 2018-12-08 06:24:54 -0500
    Lets talk renewable energy instead of fossil fuel production. It is time for Michgan to put dollars into the renewable energy production. It would be best on all counts. A new tunnel for fossil fuel is not needed or a wise move.
  • Clark Crowe
    signed 2018-12-08 06:19:40 -0500
    get the oil out of our water!
  • Bobbi Gamache
    signed via 2018-12-08 04:14:41 -0500
  • Steven Clark
    signed 2018-12-07 20:17:39 -0500
    The risk is too high to allow this pipeline to continue.
  • Deb Freiman
    signed 2018-12-07 20:07:58 -0500
  • Kate Miller
    signed 2018-12-07 19:46:16 -0500
    The oversight of this is to be Enbridge. With their track record of not being truthful, future oversight will be likewise untruthful. Enbridge (and the Gov Snyder say that this oil will help Michigan. The oil is NOT going to Michigan.
  • Michael Ross
    signed 2018-12-07 13:50:54 -0500
    There are so many reasons this is wrong and horrible policy, but you all know them. Line 5 is 66 years old and so am I. I leak on a regular basis, so there you go!
  • Emily Ferguson
    signed via 2018-12-07 02:26:52 -0500
    Emily Ferguson
  • Madeline Toro
    signed 2018-12-05 10:45:55 -0500
  • Jill Umfleet
    signed 2018-12-05 08:07:17 -0500
    This needs to be stopped!!
  • Ken Faris
    signed 2018-12-04 23:39:21 -0500
  • Matthew Spletzer
    signed 2018-12-04 17:32:57 -0500
  • Michaelyn Mankel
    signed 2018-12-04 12:16:08 -0500
  • Richard Walle
    signed 2018-12-03 23:52:36 -0500
    I cannot trust Embridge to build a tunnel under the Straits ! They have lied numerous times about the maintenance of the existing pipe line safety.There is Little benefit to the citizens of Michigan with majority of the profits going to Canada and Embridge.When Michigan citizen elected Gretchen Whitney it is A Loud Voice to Stop This Tunnel ! This is Not in the best interest of Michigan !
  • StraitsViewArts
    @Marysueryan tweeted link to this page. 2018-12-03 22:07:44 -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=64547
  • MarySue Ryan
    signed 2018-12-03 22:07:21 -0500
  • Ken Kranz
    signed 2018-12-03 22:04:07 -0500
  • Taryn Forbear
    signed via 2018-12-03 20:04:22 -0500
  • Karl Feret
    signed 2018-12-03 19:49:32 -0500
  • Michael Ierulli
    signed 2018-12-03 19:27:34 -0500
    The company Enbridge as proven beyond a doubt that the are only interested in profits not the securement of fresh water to the people of the United State.

    Please vote for clean water and oppose any future undertaking of this company to operate in the State of Michigan.

    I urge you to oppose Pipeline 5 in all forms.
  • Linda Ungerer
    signed 2018-12-03 17:41:23 -0500

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