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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 Enbridge is trying to block action by Michigan’s governor to protect us from an outdated and dangerous oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.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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  • Claire Boersma
    signed 2021-01-24 15:07:48 -0500
  • Rachael McCormick
    signed 2021-01-24 15:05:49 -0500
  • David Dekker
    signed 2021-01-24 15:04:58 -0500
    The effort to FINALLY close down Line 5 has become so complex and tedious, it’s difficult to stay committed to it. We must, though, and with President Biden’s support, I trust we will succeed.
  • John Llewellyn
    signed 2021-01-24 15:02:53 -0500
    I want to make sure the waters my daddy fished on and millions of families drink from are never subject to an oil spill. Thanks!
  • Aleasa Crary
    signed via 2021-01-24 15:02:28 -0500
  • Martin Vallerand
    signed 2021-01-24 15:01:22 -0500
  • Jeffrey Watson
    signed 2021-01-24 15:01:16 -0500
  • Sarah Ragalyi
    signed 2021-01-24 14:49:27 -0500
  • Stephanie Willey
    signed 2021-01-24 14:47:31 -0500
  • Jim Limbach
    @recubejim tweeted link to this page. 2021-01-24 14:44:57 -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 https://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/president_biden_support_the_line_5_shutdown?recruiter_id=26729
  • Jo Ann Roosen
    signed 2021-01-24 14:44:36 -0500
  • Jennifer Bidwell
    signed via 2021-01-24 14:42:33 -0500
  • Ed Dombroski
    signed 2021-01-24 14:42:33 -0500
  • Sara Schwartz
    signed via 2021-01-24 14:37:41 -0500
  • Sharon McNamara
    signed 2021-01-24 14:37:11 -0500
  • P D Myles
    signed 2021-01-24 14:37:05 -0500
    OUR water(nibi -Ojibwa lang) is not anyone’s to pollute. Shut Down Line 5!
  • Dorothy Frisch
    signed 2021-01-24 14:36:39 -0500
  • Susie Helfrecht
    signed 2021-01-24 14:33:44 -0500
    In Michigan, we need all the help we can get to stop this pipeline. We have to protect our natural resources for ourselves and future generations from greed and corruption. Please help us.
  • Michelle Benningfield
    signed via 2021-01-24 14:33:33 -0500
  • June Thaden
    signed 2021-01-24 14:31:46 -0500
  • Richard and Jill Claybour
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  • John Rankin
    signed via 2021-01-24 14:31:14 -0500
  • Mary Rogers
    signed 2021-01-24 14:28:09 -0500
    Attempts are made to assure us there won’t be an accident, a leak, a spill of any kind, but we remember the Kalamazoo River spill , still being cleaned, and others. Contamination of the fresh water of the Great Lakes could be devastating.
  • David Perk
    signed 2021-01-24 14:26:19 -0500
  • Timothy Bentley
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  • Tess Cowles
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    signed 2021-01-24 14:18:19 -0500
  • John Cadotte
    signed 2021-01-24 14:14:26 -0500
  • Jeffrey Doerfer
    signed 2021-01-24 14:08:55 -0500

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