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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 Enbridge is trying to block action by Michigan’s governor to protect us from an outdated and dangerous oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.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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  • Lindsey Kemmerling
    signed 2021-01-29 07:50:04 -0500
  • James Donley
    signed via 2021-01-29 07:49:25 -0500
  • James Chiodini
    signed 2021-01-29 07:40:53 -0500
  • Terri Wild
    signed 2021-01-29 07:32:07 -0500
  • Filip Brziak
    signed via 2021-01-29 07:19:27 -0500
  • Melissa Arrowsmith
    signed via 2021-01-29 07:17:50 -0500
  • Glenn Lowe
    signed 2021-01-29 07:01:47 -0500
  • Chris Saylor
    signed via 2021-01-29 06:45:35 -0500
  • Brian Kile
    signed 2021-01-29 05:29:44 -0500
    With 9% of all of the earth’s fresh water here in the Great Lakes, how can we afford not to protect this irreplaceable resource?
  • Julie Den Uyl
    signed via 2021-01-29 05:14:26 -0500
    Sleeping Bear Tour Co pledges FULL support and offers any assistance in support of decommissioning Line 5.
  • Julie Sekmistrz
    signed 2021-01-29 05:09:31 -0500
  • Greg Awtry
    signed 2021-01-29 03:58:22 -0500
  • Wendy Forster
    signed 2021-01-29 03:49:06 -0500
  • Linda Kent
    signed 2021-01-29 03:43:25 -0500
  • Jeri Fioramanti
    signed 2021-01-29 02:58:28 -0500
  • Amy Yee
    signed 2021-01-29 00:32:00 -0500
    Mr. President, please also know that Michigan is simply a shortcut for Canadian oil giant Enbridge, and that Michigan carries all of the environmental liability should a disaster happen…a disaster that we have already narrowly escaped with the damage to the dual pipelines from the anchor strike in 2018. Enbridge’s idea of a hastily proposed solution with the tunnel plan was another disaster waiting to happen since the original plans showed that electrical lines would be housed in the same tunnel as the gas and oil pipelines. Please SHUTDOWNLINE5 and support our governor to decommission Line 5.


    Sincere and warm regards,

    Amy Yee
  • Donnie Bettes, DO
    signed 2021-01-29 00:23:52 -0500
  • Erica Mooney
    signed 2021-01-29 00:17:04 -0500
  • Judith Hicks
    signed 2021-01-29 00:10:10 -0500
  • Gary Thaler
    signed 2021-01-29 00:05:59 -0500
  • James Johnson
    signed 2021-01-28 23:19:02 -0500
  • Ellen Hadley
    signed 2021-01-28 23:15:52 -0500
  • Steve Grabowski
    signed 2021-01-28 23:13:46 -0500
  • Carol St Jules
    signed 2021-01-28 23:13:23 -0500
  • Sue Gosse
    signed 2021-01-28 23:10:21 -0500
    Please help bring an end to our greatest fears here in northern Michigan and please please support us to SHUT DOWN Canadian Oil LINE 5. Canadian oil pipeline crosses the northern USA, the Michigan upper peninsula, crosses under Lake Michigan, and continues the length of Michigan only to cross under Port Huron’s Blue Water Bridge and be refined in Sarnia, Canada. An oil spill would devastate our beautiful pristine fresh water, our quality of life, our health, environment, economy and more. Thank you in advance for helping preserve this beautiful land and water for us, our children and grandchildren.
  • Marcia Close
    signed 2021-01-28 22:51:25 -0500
    Marcia Close
  • Dave Newhouse
    signed 2021-01-28 22:43:54 -0500
  • Randall Frank
    signed 2021-01-28 22:40:03 -0500
  • James Tellner
    signed via 2021-01-28 22:33:10 -0500
  • Rebecca Smith
    signed 2021-01-28 22:29:22 -0500

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