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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 Enbridge is trying to block action by Michigan’s governor to protect us from an outdated and dangerous oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.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 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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  • Mary Yeomans
    signed via 2021-02-07 09:54:53 -0500
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  • Kathleen Swantek
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  • Karen Toledo
    signed via 2021-02-07 09:44:35 -0500
    I live within 10 miles of Lake Superior, 25 miles of Lake Michigan and 75 miles of Lake Huron. I personally know people, businesses and live in the environment that WILL be destroyed by a leak.

    As a teacher, I used to teach learning disabled adolescents that “RISK” is judged in 2 ways:

    1. The likelihood of negative consequences happening and

    2. The severity of the consequences, even if the chance of occurrence seems acceptable.

    If adolescents learned this, why can’t our leaders,

    especially when corporations like Enbridge have proven their lack of good faith and have a history of failure (as in their devastating leak in Michigan before).
  • Dianne Bragg
    signed via 2021-02-07 09:40:31 -0500
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    signed via 2021-02-07 09:38:42 -0500
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  • Elizabeth DeLyria
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  • Elizabeth Snyder
    signed via 2021-02-07 09:22:06 -0500
    The Macinac Straits are a beautiful and treasured space. They must not be endangered by a rupture in an old oil pipeline that would pollute the water and forever change the pristine beauty of the water.
  • Cynthia Greene
    signed via 2021-02-07 09:20:50 -0500
  • Martha Chalmers
    signed via 2021-02-07 09:20:43 -0500
    We depend on Lake MICHIGAN for our drinking water. We cannot depend on a pipeline under the water to be safe. Please do not approve line five.
  • E D
    signed 2021-02-07 09:18:50 -0500
  • Holly Hyden
    signed via 2021-02-07 09:17:10 -0500
  • Mary Anne Perrone
    signed via 2021-02-07 09:17:03 -0500

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