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Sign the Petition to ask President Biden to protect the Great Lakes and climate from the Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline.

Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline threatens the Great Lakes and surrounding states. Enbridge is trying to block action by Michigan’s governor to protect us from an outdated and dangerous oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.

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Please sign the petition asking President Biden to support Gov. Whitmer’s action to decommission the Line 5 oil pipeline before it ruptures.

Dear President Biden:

We are reaching out to share with you our support for Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to protect the Great Lakes by acting to decommission Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac.

These 68-year-old pipelines present a clear and present danger to the Great Lakes. The twin pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac that put 20 percent of the world’s fresh surface water and the region’s economy at risk should never have been allowed to be there and in fact, were never subject to modern-day environmental laws and reviews.

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The State of Michigan, as owner and trustee, has a legal responsibility to manage the public-owned bottomlands where Line 5 is located and protect the Great Lakes. Line 5 has spilled at least 33 times and 1.1 million gallons of oil along its length since 1968. Under the best of circumstances, only 30% of a spill in the Straits of Mackinac would be recovered. 1.5 million jobs and $62 billion in wages are directly connected to the Great Lakes. A pipeline rupture could impact up to 400 miles of shoreline

Enbridge’s ongoing and incurable violations of its 1953 easement with the state prompted Gov. Whitmer to revoke the easement to protect the Great Lakes from a catastrophic oil spill. Gov. Whitmer has ordered the removal of these dangerous pipelines by May 2021, but Enbridge, a Canadian-based oil transport giant, is attempting to delay and ultimately defeat the governor’s actions.

At the heart of this dispute is the sovereign authority and title of U.S. states to protect their water resources for the benefit of their citizens under the perpetual public trust and equal footing doctrines.

Your work to make America the world’s “clean energy superpower” and protecting world-class natural and economic resources like the Great Lakes has tremendous support in the Great Lakes State of Michigan. We urge you to support Gov. Whitmer’s action on the Line 5 pipelines.

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The State of Michigan, as owner and trustee, has a legal responsibility to manage the public-owned bottomlands where Line 5 is located and protect the Great Lakes. Line 5 has spilled at least 33 times and 1.1 million gallons of oil along its length since 1968. Under the best of circumstances, only 30% of a spill in the Straits of Mackinac would be recovered. 1.5 million jobs and $62 billion in wages are directly connected to the Great Lakes. A pipeline rupture could impact up to 400 miles of shoreline

Enbridge’s ongoing and incurable violations of its 1953 easement with the state prompted Gov. Whitmer to revoke the easement to protect the Great Lakes from a catastrophic oil spill. Gov. Whitmer has ordered the removal of these dangerous pipelines by May 2021, but Enbridge, a Canadian-based oil transport giant, is attempting to delay and ultimately defeat the governor’s actions.

At the heart of this dispute is the sovereign authority and title of U.S. states to protect their water resources for the benefit of their citizens under the perpetual public trust and equal footing doctrines.

Your work to make America the world’s “clean energy superpower” and protecting world-class natural and economic resources like the Great Lakes has tremendous support in the Great Lakes State of Michigan. We urge you to support Gov. Whitmer’s action on the Line 5 pipelines.


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  • Susanne Bell
    signed 2021-06-17 09:51:10 -0400
  • Eric Hagen
    signed 2021-06-17 09:41:27 -0400
    Please help us ! The mean Republicans are being idiots again!
  • Tamara Stagman
    signed 2021-06-17 09:39:22 -0400
    President Biden, please do the right thing and help to Shut Down Line 5. We can live without this bit of oil, we cannot live without clean water. When a class of 10 year old 5th graders asked why this Line 5 was still pumping oil under the Straights of Mackinaw when it is so old it could spring a leak and stated Pipelines don’t last forever; I did not have an answer. I guess adults don’t have as much common sense as a 5th Grader was my answer. Maybe we should listen to the young people, this is their Country too. We need to protect our water supply for future generations, please Shut Down Line 5. A President has the Power to do what’s right for the greater good and right now decommissioning Line 5 is for the greater good to protect our fresh water supply. Once there is a leak, there is no going back to the way it was, just ask the people along the Kalamazoo River. Please Shut Down Line 5


    Thanking you in advance

    Tamara Stagman
  • Jacob Ball
    signed 2021-06-17 09:34:35 -0400
  • Mary Tarallo
    signed 2021-06-17 09:24:58 -0400
    Mary Tarallo
  • Joanne Smitchger
    signed 2021-06-17 09:20:57 -0400
    Joanne Smitchger
  • Cheryl Pohlman
    signed 2021-06-17 09:10:33 -0400
  • Denis Zygnowicz
    signed 2021-06-17 08:52:50 -0400
  • Natasha Whittaker
    signed 2021-06-17 08:47:58 -0400
    please help us keep our lakes GREAT and keep the oil out!
  • Tanya Sharon
    signed 2021-06-17 08:45:54 -0400
  • Rebecca Swarthout
    signed 2021-06-17 08:34:21 -0400
    Enbridge has already proven how poor a job they do when it comes to oil spills in my state. We should not trust this company again after the Kalamazoo River disaster. That is what they want. Please help us to give them a giant no. Thank you.
  • Iva Puhl
    signed 2021-06-17 08:26:18 -0400
    Line 5 will ruin our waters and shores when it breaks, it is old and in bad shape. We support solar and hydrogen power.
  • Erik Biggs
    signed 2021-06-17 07:40:18 -0400
    Please let’s Reimpose pollution restrictions
  • Karen Cipriani
    signed 2021-06-17 07:29:55 -0400
  • Gloria Koch
    signed 2021-06-17 07:20:50 -0400
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    signed 2021-06-17 06:55:26 -0400
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    signed 2021-06-17 04:47:02 -0400
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    signed 2021-06-17 04:45:40 -0400
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    signed 2021-06-17 03:37:26 -0400
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  • Ann Kleiman
    signed 2021-06-17 03:28:29 -0400
  • Susan Easlick
    signed 2021-06-17 02:19:58 -0400
  • Diane Pryor
    signed 2021-06-17 02:17:48 -0400
  • Criage Althage
    @lyndoalthage tweeted link to this page. 2021-06-17 01:31:57 -0400
    SIGN THE PETITION: Help apply the pressure of @JoeBiden and his administration to protect the #GreatLakes and climate from the Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline. Tell him to let @GovWhitmer handle this in Michigan. #shutdownline5 #EvictEnbridge Sign here: https://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/president_biden_support_the_line_5_shutdown?recruiter_id=89724
  • Criage Lynnette Althage
    signed via 2021-06-17 01:31:37 -0400
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    signed 2021-06-17 01:30:17 -0400
  • Mary Hillier
    signed 2021-06-17 00:46:51 -0400

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