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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 Enbridge is trying to block action by Michigan’s governor to protect us from an outdated and dangerous oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.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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  • Tim Gurnea
    signed 2021-05-09 08:15:24 -0400
    don’t poison America’s largest supply of Fresh Water.
  • Linda Gallaway
    signed 2021-05-09 08:02:43 -0400
  • John Howton
    signed 2021-05-09 07:45:10 -0400
  • Nancy Gallagher
    signed 2021-05-09 07:14:38 -0400
  • Connie Hixenbaugh
    signed 2021-05-09 07:07:53 -0400
  • Cece Mccoppin
    signed 2021-05-09 06:52:33 -0400
  • Stephen Hatt
    signed 2021-05-09 03:30:36 -0400
    Enbridge really has never had any intention of building a tunnel under the Straits of Mackinaw; they are just playing out the delay There are 400 other bodies of water that Line 5 touches upon. If they were also so truly concerned, then why is Line 5, at $500M, underinsured by as much as $1,000M, as estimated by an environmental engineer/catastrophic insurance underwriter, or by the experience with Enbridge’s Talmadge Creek/Kalamazoo River leak? Line 5 is now 18 years past it’s engineered designed life when built in 1953. Between the five mile apart pumping stations at the Straits, the twin 20 inch pipes hold about 870,000 gallons (28 railroad tank cars) of crude oil ready to spill out into our pristine waters. Shut down Line 5 now.
  • Kevin Calahan
    signed 2021-05-09 02:18:46 -0400
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    signed 2021-05-09 02:16:00 -0400
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    signed 2021-05-09 01:49:31 -0400
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    signed 2021-05-09 00:27:09 -0400
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    signed 2021-05-09 00:21:25 -0400
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    signed 2021-05-09 00:16:22 -0400
  • James Menconi
    signed 2021-05-09 00:11:55 -0400
    Please save our lake
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    signed 2021-05-09 00:05:45 -0400
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    signed 2021-05-08 23:54:09 -0400
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    signed 2021-05-08 23:38:23 -0400
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    signed 2021-05-08 22:26:03 -0400
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    signed 2021-05-08 21:53:44 -0400
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    signed 2021-05-08 21:37:25 -0400
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    signed 2021-05-08 21:22:51 -0400
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    signed 2021-05-08 20:37:20 -0400
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    signed 2021-05-08 20:28:33 -0400
    Diane Lenart
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    signed 2021-05-08 20:27:46 -0400
  • Ruth Ann Beasley
    signed 2021-05-08 20:27:01 -0400
    Shut it down. Preserve our Great Lakes.

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