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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 Enbridge is trying to block action by Michigan’s governor to protect us from an outdated and dangerous oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.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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  • Dave Newhouse
    signed 2021-01-28 22:43:54 -0500
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  • Don Camp
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  • Maxwell Offerman
    signed 2021-01-28 22:07:36 -0500
    Seriously.
  • Sharon Liu
    @SharonLLiu tweeted link to this page. 2021-01-28 22:03:44 -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=60111
  • Maureen and Michael McMullen
    signed 2021-01-28 22:02:28 -0500
    Our human bodies are 75% water and our World is 75% water. We believe that Governor Whitmer’s action on Line 5 is essential for the safety of our State, our Country and ourselves….at every single level!
  • Douglas Orians
    signed 2021-01-28 22:00:28 -0500
    Enbridge has pushed the limits on safety with line 5. For decades, they pushed profit over safety, far exceeding the lifespan of this underwater pipeline and endangering the health of the Great Lakes and the millions who live here. Enbridge failed to report anchor strikes to Line 5 and now propose a new underground pipeline under the straits. Thing is, they have failed to do proper soil sampling and have manipulated the results of the sampling they did do. Enbridge has no right to operate Line 5 but they act like it is their natural right to endanger the health of the largest fresh water resource on the planet. With one leak, this pristine resource could be lost forever. This is the water supply for millions and the livelihood of the residents of several states. Enbridge has a terrible record when it comes to safety and we cannot allow them to further endanger this resource for short term profit over the will of the people. I support Governor Whitmer’s efforts to shut down Line 5 and I hope the Biden administration will back up the people of Michigan on this critical issue.
  • Rainbow Barry
    signed via 2021-01-28 21:46:09 -0500
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  • Laura Long
    signed 2021-01-28 21:32:31 -0500
    The Great Lakes are too important to take any risks with pipelines in the lakes
  • Noah Pearlman
    signed 2021-01-28 21:21:47 -0500
    Please Mr. President, do this for the state of Michigan. We can’t lose our Great Lakes.
  • Tamara Wampole
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  • Tim Byrd
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  • Morgan Wujkowski
    signed via 2021-01-28 20:28:29 -0500
    As a Michigan native, I BEG you to protect the Great Lakes!! That’s why I voted Biden 2020!!
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  • Deb Finton
    signed 2021-01-28 20:26:05 -0500
    Thank you for saving our DEMOCRACY!!!!!!!
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