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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  • Lynn Markham
    signed via 2021-02-23 20:01:22 -0500
    Lynn Markham
  • Julie Quinn
    signed via 2021-02-23 20:01:13 -0500
    Julie Quinn
  • Nicole Dear
    signed 2021-02-23 19:39:16 -0500
  • Dorothy Neff
    signed via 2021-02-23 14:41:19 -0500
    Dorothy Neff
  • Mick DeGraeve
    signed via 2021-02-23 14:35:59 -0500
    Mick DeGraeve
  • Dawn Cumings
    signed via 2021-02-23 14:35:16 -0500
    Dawn Cumings
  • Erma Leaphart
    signed via 2021-02-23 14:24:00 -0500
    We must protect our clean, fresh water assets; if we don’t take action we will suffer major consequences from an inevitable pipeline rupture. Please support Governor Whitmer’s actions to decommission Enbridge’s aging pipeline especially as we all move towards clean energy solutions.
  • Stephanie Mills
    signed via 2021-02-23 13:09:35 -0500
  • Kathi Geukes
    signed via 2021-02-23 12:49:23 -0500
  • Lauri Mannion
    signed via 2021-02-23 11:58:50 -0500
    Please help us support our Governor Whitmer in the removal of a sixty-seven year old pipeline that could potentially destroy our beautiful Lake Huron and Lake Michigan forever. We do not want another catastrophe like the Kalamazoo River or the Exxon Valdez or the list goes on and on. It is time for us to remove ourselves from our oil addiction and focus on our renewable resources.

    Let’s get rid of Line 5 once and for all before it’s to late to go back.
  • Cheryl Hutchinson
    signed via 2021-02-23 11:54:42 -0500
  • Matt Webster
    @MattWebster3 tweeted link to this page. 2021-02-23 10:56:48 -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=86915
  • Matthew Webster
    signed via 2021-02-23 10:55:56 -0500
    Matthew Webster
  • Bert courson
    signed via 2021-02-23 10:35:40 -0500
  • Janet Wulf-Marvin
    signed via 2021-02-23 09:46:06 -0500
    Janet Wulf-Marvin
  • Renae Bradley
    signed 2021-02-23 07:05:07 -0500
  • Micheal Vickery
    signed via 2021-02-23 07:03:31 -0500
  • Kathryn Ferguson
    signed 2021-02-22 23:21:17 -0500
    Canada’s oil should stay in Canada and far away from the Great Lakes.
  • Nikki Briggs-Parsons
    signed via 2021-02-22 22:01:05 -0500
    The great lakes are the world’s largest fresh water source. The potential devastation with an oil spill would be catastrophic to the environment, economy, wildlife, tourism, businesses, and more! The pipeline doesn’t even supply oil to the us. It’s a Canadian line supplying oil to china. They get the profits, we get the destruction. Hard freaking pass on that crap. We need renewable sources of energy. That in turn will create more jobs, help the environment, and grow our countries technology.
  • Mary Ann Baier
    signed 2021-02-22 21:20:50 -0500
  • Michael Cullen
    signed 2021-02-22 20:51:14 -0500
    This company is irresponsible and has had over 30 different oil spills already .It can’t be trusted, ever.
  • Carole Zak
    signed via 2021-02-22 19:13:31 -0500
  • Gerard Grabowski
    signed via 2021-02-22 19:04:35 -0500
  • Karyl Hebel
    signed 2021-02-22 18:29:57 -0500
  • Ronald Martineau
    signed 2021-02-22 18:11:15 -0500
  • Ivan Talo
    signed 2021-02-22 18:03:16 -0500
  • Amy Hogarty
    signed 2021-02-22 17:36:20 -0500
  • Misty Schmidt
    signed 2021-02-22 16:22:29 -0500
    Misty Schmidt
  • William Burdett
    signed via 2021-02-22 15:39:18 -0500
  • Janice Thomas
    signed 2021-02-22 14:10:04 -0500
    Michigan would never recover from this pipeline breaking. Our Great Lakes are in danger.

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