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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  • Michael Conklin
    signed via 2021-02-24 08:10:38 -0500
  • Monica Conklin
    signed via 2021-02-24 08:08:20 -0500
  • Seth Jensen
    signed 2021-02-24 01:04:58 -0500
    Seth Jensen
  • Norm Littlejohn
    signed 2021-02-23 23:11:58 -0500
  • Ann Fontaine
    signed 2021-02-23 22:11:50 -0500
  • William Katzin
    signed via 2021-02-23 21:44:18 -0500
    Please protect our Great Lakes and put us on the path to clean energy production, a healthy environment, and a future free from catastrophic climate change.
  • Carrie Harnish
    signed via 2021-02-23 21:32:02 -0500
  • Anne Dorumsgaard
    signed via 2021-02-23 21:15:29 -0500
  • Hannah Imboden
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  • Ellie Evans
    signed via 2021-02-23 20:30:58 -0500
  • Barbara Warren
    signed via 2021-02-23 20:12:49 -0500
    It is criminal to allow these pipelines in our as well as indigenous people’s waters and lands!
  • Susan Holcombe
    signed via 2021-02-23 20:09:42 -0500
    Shut down Line 5 and do not provide permits for expansion of other pipelines. An oil spill in the Great Lakes, 20% of the world’s fresh water, would be catastrophic. We do NOT need to support tar sands oil. Thank you
  • Emily Baker
    signed via 2021-02-23 20:07:02 -0500
    I’m sure it’s not like the Enbridge ads claim, and they have alternatives for energy transport in Michigan planned.
  • Colin Nackerman
    signed via 2021-02-23 20:05:15 -0500
  • Christine Barsy-Eckman
    @BarsyEckman tweeted link to this page. 2021-02-23 20:05:03 -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=64217
  • Christine Barsy-Eckman
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    @jessi2star tweeted link to this page. 2021-02-23 20:04:14 -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=86931
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