Help apply the pressure of the Biden administration to the fight to protect the Great Lakes and climate from the Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline.

Enbridge’s oil pipelines in the Great Lakes directly threaten Michigan. Enbridge is now trying to block action by Michigan’s governor to protect us from a catastrophic oil pipeline rupture in the Straits of Mackinac.

Enbridge’s latest move is to claim Canada has authority over oil pipelines in Michigan. Canadian officials are trying to enlist President Biden’s help.


Please sign the petition to President Biden to support Gov. Whitmer’s action to decommission Enbridge’s twin Line 5 oil pipelines in the Straits.

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 67-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.

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 would impact up to 700 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.

Help Reach the Next Goal: 6,000 signatures

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  • Susan Frye
    signed 2021-01-24 08:33:45 -0500
  • Lynn Hall
    signed 2021-01-24 08:31:34 -0500
  • R Tipens
    signed 2021-01-24 08:29:40 -0500
  • Douglas Hill
    signed 2021-01-24 08:29:18 -0500
  • Julia Braverman
    signed 2021-01-24 08:29:06 -0500
  • Geri Lefebre
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  • Richard Stiffler
    signed 2021-01-24 08:28:54 -0500
  • Devin McClure
    signed via 2021-01-24 08:28:45 -0500
  • Petra Barker
    signed 2021-01-24 08:28:38 -0500
  • Matthew Burnham
    signed 2021-01-24 08:28:06 -0500
  • Greeta Treanor
    signed 2021-01-24 08:26:30 -0500
    The pipeline really does need to be shut down! The oil from a spill would definitely impact Canada and likely to a greater extent because of prevailing winds. Oil is a tool of the past. There is no place for it in the future. The brilliant minds will find other ways to achieve whatever it is that requires oil now.
  • Bill Maharan
    signed 2021-01-24 08:25:43 -0500
  • Rose Hansen
    signed 2021-01-24 08:24:45 -0500
  • Ruth Smith
    signed 2021-01-24 08:23:57 -0500
  • Debra Henze
    signed 2021-01-24 08:23:20 -0500
  • Marcia Stucki
    signed 2021-01-24 08:22:07 -0500
  • Donald Downing
    signed 2021-01-24 08:21:50 -0500
    Enbridge has already destroyed Michigan’s Kalamazoo river system with their notoriously poor upkeep and pipeline monitoring programs. Please don’t let them threaten the entire Great Lakes ecosystem!
  • Barbara Davis
    signed 2021-01-24 08:21:39 -0500
  • Johanna Worley
    signed 2021-01-24 08:21:35 -0500
  • Robert Croll
    signed 2021-01-24 08:21:24 -0500
    Respect the treaty rights of the Ojibwe in WI and MI on whom this pipeline was forced without consultation. Remove this pipeline from the Mackinac Straits and the Bad River watershed.
  • Darlene Doorlag
    signed 2021-01-24 08:20:11 -0500
    The future of our Great Lakes depends on you.
  • Rebecca Mandrell
    signed 2021-01-24 08:19:07 -0500
  • John McMillan
    signed 2021-01-24 08:18:27 -0500
  • Michael Buza
    signed 2021-01-24 08:17:05 -0500
  • Juli Burke
    signed 2021-01-24 08:16:50 -0500
  • Judy Ellis
    signed 2021-01-24 08:16:37 -0500
  • Celia Hallan
    signed 2021-01-24 08:16:23 -0500
  • Cindy Lou Poquette
    signed 2021-01-24 08:15:29 -0500
    Please save our waters. There isn’t any sane reason for all the waterways this pipeline puts at rish along its’ journey back to Canada!
  • Christine Maloney
    signed 2021-01-24 08:14:38 -0500
  • Bruce Krawisz
    signed 2021-01-24 08:13:17 -0500

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