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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 Enbridge is trying to block action by Michigan’s governor to protect us from an outdated and dangerous oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.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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  • Ruth Marcy
    signed 2021-01-31 09:39:39 -0500
    Please help protect our beautiful and unique Great Lakes. They are an a critical and invaluable natural resource.
  • Charles Liggett
    signed 2021-01-31 09:38:33 -0500
  • Dogan Ozkan
    signed 2021-01-31 09:38:03 -0500
  • Barbara Nix
    signed 2021-01-31 09:37:14 -0500
  • Christine Wendt
    signed 2021-01-31 09:36:00 -0500
    Enbridge’s record is a clear demonstration of egregious environmental irresponsibility. How anyone can think that Canadian greed should trump Michigan’s environment is beyond me.
  • Jamie Kuehnl
    signed 2021-01-31 09:34:37 -0500
    Jamie L Kuehnl
  • Donna Scudder
    signed via 2021-01-31 09:31:34 -0500
  • Anne Chartier
    signed via 2021-01-31 09:29:49 -0500
  • Robyn L Kimmey
    signed 2021-01-31 09:29:21 -0500
  • Jack Mackenzie
    signed 2021-01-31 09:23:17 -0500
  • Marlene Smith
    signed 2021-01-31 09:23:05 -0500
  • Doris Martin
    signed 2021-01-31 09:20:11 -0500
  • Robin Cox
    signed 2021-01-31 09:20:01 -0500
  • Marian Prieur-Bastow
    signed 2021-01-31 09:19:58 -0500
  • Paula Vaughan
    signed via 2021-01-31 09:18:17 -0500
    I grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan and now live in land-locked Colorado. I am keenly aware – as all residents of our planet should be -of how precious our waterways are. Line 5 is a threat to some of North America’s most essential bodies of water.
  • Chris Sturm
    signed 2021-01-31 09:17:55 -0500
  • Scott Diment
    signed via 2021-01-31 09:17:26 -0500
  • Barry Klein
    signed 2021-01-31 09:14:13 -0500
    We need to find healthier and safer options for energy than petroleum
  • Robert Winterer
    signed 2021-01-31 09:12:04 -0500
  • Conrad Weisert
    signed 2021-01-31 09:12:02 -0500
  • Joseph Chamberlain
    signed 2021-01-31 09:11:47 -0500
    No thick or thin oil should tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac! The Great Lakes are the greatest fresh water source on earth. EnBridges Kalamazoo rupture is the most serious of their other failures.

    Drinking water for millions is threatened in Lake Michigan and Huron especially! We cannot afford the threat of this convenience for the Canadian company. Leave the oil in the ground, not threatening the Great Lakes.
  • Jonathan Speigel
    signed 2021-01-31 09:10:00 -0500
    Prudhoe Bay Alaska anyone?
  • Jamie Winters
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