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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  • Aaron kovalchick
    signed 2021-02-22 13:26:44 -0500
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  • Vicki Wiederhold
    signed 2021-02-22 13:11:43 -0500
    Dear President Biden. I am begging you to shut down the dangerous Line 5 pipeline that is owned by Enbridge. This old, deteriorating oil pipeline sits on the lakebed under the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan. I live in Battle Creek Michigan, close to the site of the 2010 Enbridge oil spill. This horrible, unnecessary oil spill contaminated miles and miles of streams and the Kalamazoo River. The Kalamazoo River runs through the middle of Battle Creek. For days and days, huge globs of thick, smothering oil floated on the top of the water. Many animals died. The river is ruined. Enbridge cannot be trusted. At this moment, Enbridge is running a commercial here in Michigan that is full of lies. I believe that all of Enbridge’s oil lines should be removed from my state. They have admitted that Michigan is just a “cut through” for their oil, not our oil. This is unacceptable for us to take the risk for their oil. I love Canada, but I believe that they are taking advantage of our country in this instance. As the need to transfer our power needs from fossil fuels to renewables, this is an important step towards that goal. Thank you for your attention in this matter.
  • Alice Baker
    signed 2021-02-22 12:07:26 -0500
  • Mary Graves
    signed 2021-02-22 10:55:28 -0500
  • jane curry
    signed 2021-02-22 10:44:50 -0500
  • Madison Kraus
    signed via 2021-02-22 10:22:32 -0500
  • Marion Kemper
    signed 2021-02-22 09:29:05 -0500
    Marion R Kemper
  • Kay Brainerd
    signed via 2021-02-22 09:19:56 -0500
  • Erik Wilkie
    signed via 2021-02-22 09:16:01 -0500
  • Eugene Flannery
    signed via 2021-02-22 08:02:59 -0500
    Eugene Flannery
  • Christina Larson
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  • Julie Gutmanis
    signed 2021-02-22 00:02:54 -0500
    Julie Gutmanis
  • Ann Battiste
    signed via 2021-02-21 23:03:10 -0500
    Please take action on shutting down Line 5 as soon as possible. It is a present danger to the life of the Great Lakes and all the surrounding states.

    We are all connected.
  • Frances Dunham
    signed via 2021-02-21 22:24:54 -0500
  • Jane Oneil
    signed via 2021-02-21 21:32:14 -0500
  • Charlotte Holzhausen
    signed 2021-02-21 21:18:14 -0500
    When will our water take precedence over big oil and greed? I’ve enjoyed the Great Lakes since I was a child and I would hate to see them destroyed by Oil. Enbridge has not been an upright company in the past and will not be in the future.
  • Ji Montgomery
    signed 2021-02-21 21:05:51 -0500
  • Emily Saenz
    signed via 2021-02-21 21:02:32 -0500
    Emily S Saenz
  • Julia Isaacs
    signed 2021-02-21 20:36:34 -0500
  • Helen Leckenby
    signed 2021-02-21 20:36:00 -0500
    Please help us protect and defend our great lakes. Embridge has a BAD track record of spills and half assed restitutions..Many suits still pending..Please help us stop this Bad idea.Shut it down, the existing, and planned tunnel..PLEASE SIR, STOP THIS.
  • Elizabeth Edwards
    signed 2021-02-21 19:31:49 -0500
    Please stop line 5/stop wolf hunts!
  • Anderson Erin
    signed 2021-02-21 19:01:44 -0500
  • Katie Duczkowski
    signed 2021-02-21 18:38:23 -0500
  • Colleen Kaczmarek
    signed via 2021-02-21 18:28:53 -0500
    Please support the Great Lakes. Colleen Kaczmarek
  • Al Sulzer
    signed 2021-02-21 18:16:09 -0500
  • Victor Castro Candito
    signed 2021-02-21 18:12:28 -0500
  • Stephanie Robinson
    signed 2021-02-21 18:01:14 -0500
  • Patricia Vacilek
    signed 2021-02-21 17:53:01 -0500
    Patricia A Vacilek
  • Amanda Tarlton
    signed via 2021-02-21 17:40:31 -0500
  • Patricia Simmons
    signed via 2021-02-21 17:34:10 -0500
    President Biden, thank you for your commitment to the protection of our environment. It feels good to know we can count on you. Keep up the good work.

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