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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 Enbridge is trying to block action by Michigan’s governor to protect us from an outdated and dangerous oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.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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  • Jann Krupa
    signed 2021-05-18 12:31:08 -0400
  • Andrea Martyn
    signed 2021-05-18 12:30:44 -0400
  • Frances Hoffman
    signed 2021-05-18 12:28:33 -0400
    Frances Hoffman
  • Anne Dwyer
    signed 2021-05-18 12:27:56 -0400
    The Great Lakes are unique to the world and should not be subject to the outdated energy demands of one company.


    Most of Embridge’s concerns about closing Line 5 are inflated and can be resolved. Their ongoing risk to quality of life in many communities and businesses cannot.


    Thousands of green energy jobs can be created. Union workers may lose jobs as this old technology is shut down, but many more Union jobs will be created, while protecting the beauty and viability of the Great Lakes for the millions of people who live, work and play in these waters.


    My family has lived at “ground zero” of a Line 5 leak for 3 generations. We know how destructive the 2010 leak was in Kalamazoo, MI and how badly Embridge responded. Property values dropped, businesses closed and much of the affected area is still unusable or forever encased in ugly concrete slabs.


    My family of 3 generations, share the hesitancy of our properties’ maintenance and future value with those who have lived here 7 generations or more. We support the state treaties protecting First Nation’s rights to live and thrive in this region.


    Governor Whitner has pledged to uphold Michigan’s promises and was elected with this pledge as part of her campaign platform. The people of Michgan support our Governor in this action. Please give her Feferal support as well.


    Anne
  • Diane Andriano
    signed via 2021-05-18 12:25:15 -0400
  • Ron Draayer
    signed 2021-05-18 12:24:51 -0400
  • Olivier Jolliet
    signed 2021-05-18 12:23:52 -0400
  • Arlene Seeber
    signed via 2021-05-18 12:22:11 -0400
    We need to protect the Great Lakes as a source of water to many. As we transition away from fossil fuels we do not want an oil line to infect the environment.
  • Adam R
    signed via 2021-05-18 12:21:51 -0400
  • Bertina Korphage
    signed via 2021-05-18 12:20:23 -0400
    Sister Bertina Korphage
  • Lynda Ream
    signed 2021-05-18 12:16:05 -0400
  • Wanda Wetli
    signed 2021-05-18 12:15:41 -0400
    Wanda Wetli
  • Anna Villanueva
    signed 2021-05-18 12:13:31 -0400
  • Charmian Tashjian
    signed 2021-05-18 12:11:58 -0400
    Charmian Tashjian
  • Lynn Godmilow
    signed via 2021-05-18 12:11:32 -0400
  • Jeffery Harris
    signed 2021-05-18 12:07:36 -0400
    Please take action NOW to .shut down the pipeline before a disaster occurs. Please don’t let this company ruin out waters for generations. I pray you will act on this issue now.For my grandkids sake ,and all of us who respect Mother earth.Sincerely Jeffery Ross Harris
  • Marie Thompson
    signed 2021-05-18 12:07:18 -0400
  • Gwen Baarstad
    signed 2021-05-18 12:05:43 -0400
  • Rick Collins
    signed 2021-05-18 12:04:25 -0400
  • James Mortimer
    signed 2021-05-18 12:04:05 -0400
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  • John Job
    signed 2021-05-18 12:02:54 -0400
    Enbridge has proven how irresponsible they are having been the cause of the two largest inland releases of oil in this nation’s history. They have operated Line 5 well beyond it’s useful lifespan and want to operate it until it fails. The proposed tunnel is just a stalling tactic and will be a waste of investment money since they will only need to operate it for another 10 years or so. By then, oil usage will start to decrease drastically in response to adverse impacts of climate change.
  • Jo Anne Ludwig Stinger
    signed 2021-05-18 12:01:25 -0400
  • Jeff Mikkelson
    signed 2021-05-18 12:01:21 -0400
  • Joel Corner
    signed 2021-05-18 11:59:55 -0400
  • Kim Fisher
    signed 2021-05-18 11:57:58 -0400
  • Gretta Van Bree
    signed 2021-05-18 11:57:52 -0400
  • Bonnie Faflik
    signed via 2021-05-18 11:57:39 -0400
  • Mary Pung
    signed via 2021-05-18 11:56:53 -0400
    Protecting our water is of utmost importance. Thousands if not millions of people get their drinking water from the Great Lakes.
  • Gary Rigby
    signed 2021-05-18 11:56:26 -0400
  • Andy Buchsbaum
    signed 2021-05-18 11:54:59 -0400

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