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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 Enbridge is trying to block action by Michigan’s governor to protect us from an outdated and dangerous oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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.


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  • Michele Hillman
    signed 2021-01-31 22:55:15 -0500
    Water is life!

    A member of Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians
  • Melissa Keller
    signed 2021-01-31 22:52:49 -0500
  • Charles Miller
    signed 2021-01-31 22:34:52 -0500
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  • Sherry Davis
    signed 2021-01-31 21:47:41 -0500
  • bridget cooper
    @bridgetacooper tweeted link to this page. 2021-01-31 21:42:23 -0500
    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. #shutdownline5 Sign here: https://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/president_biden_support_the_line_5_shutdown?recruiter_id=61912
  • Bridget Cooper
    signed 2021-01-31 21:41:40 -0500
  • Michelle Jaffry Olman
    signed via 2021-01-31 21:32:38 -0500
  • Brian Rhinesmith
    signed 2021-01-31 21:29:30 -0500
    Enbridge has a terrible environmental record . It was resonsible for the largest domestic oil spil on land right here in Kalamazoo. In addition it failed to adequately maintain the current pipeline under the Straits. It is indeed questonable whether the State of Michigan benefits from this pipeline.
  • Sharon Popp
    signed 2021-01-31 21:28:25 -0500
  • Susan Sherman
    signed via 2021-01-31 21:23:43 -0500
    Please understand it is imperative that the Line 5 Pipeline which runs under Lake Michigan be completely shut down to protect all the Great Lakes, preserve the health, safety and welfare of the people and environment of Michigan, as well as all neighboring states.
  • Mary Campbell
    signed 2021-01-31 21:16:28 -0500
    A pipeline through the Straits of Mackinac threatens every community that sources water from the Great lakes.
  • Alan Ringwald
    signed 2021-01-31 21:12:38 -0500
  • Kathy Hollander
    signed 2021-01-31 20:49:17 -0500
    The Great Lakes are too precious to risk an oil spill. One fifth of the world’s fresh water is more precious than the profits of the part of the oil industry that would benefit from this tunnel. It’s time to phase out our dependency on fossil fuels.
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