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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 Enbridge is trying to block action by Michigan’s governor to protect us from an outdated and dangerous oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.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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  • Cheryl Salvador
    signed 2021-07-29 00:55:31 -0400
  • Raymond Stovall
    signed 2021-07-29 00:33:14 -0400
  • Gus Warbington
    signed 2021-07-29 00:19:36 -0400
  • Amazing Amy Harlib
    @amyharlib tweeted link to this page. 2021-07-28 23:56:05 -0400
    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. Tell him to let @GovWhitmer handle this in Michigan. #shutdownline5 #EvictEnbridge Sign here: https://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/president_biden_support_the_line_5_shutdown?recruiter_id=97375
  • Amy Harlib
    signed 2021-07-28 23:55:55 -0400
  • Stephanie Salois
    signed 2021-07-28 23:28:32 -0400
    Dear Mr. President,


    The destruction of our Great Lakes will have massively negative effects on the Indigenous Tribes and will strip away the only land they have in Mackinac City. Our native Tribes were promised their rights to their lands and this includes preventing the pollution as well. How can we fight for equity and inclusivity if the principles do not apply to our precious Native Tribes? Please stop the embridge pipeline and help save our massive fresh lakes from being polluted and destroyed by the greed capitalism!


    Stephanie
  • Michael Gorman
    signed 2021-07-28 23:11:09 -0400
  • Jeffrey Creque
    signed 2021-07-28 22:56:05 -0400
  • Sunshine Eckstrom
    signed 2021-07-28 22:21:14 -0400
  • Heidi Hoholek
    signed 2021-07-28 22:05:45 -0400
  • Sandra Hope
    signed 2021-07-28 21:54:47 -0400
  • Erin Crumb
    signed 2021-07-28 21:48:24 -0400
    Fresh water is always at risk all over the world. Me and the majority of people don’t understand why more isn’t being done to protect our planet. There are no consequences for the horrible actions of people in corporate and political power. Enbridge is an embarrassment. The Great Lakes are one of the most important resources in our country. This needs to be resolved. This is my home and the home of many other species who don’t have a voice. Why can’t we progress and fix what needs to be fixed? At the end of the day, it makes no sense. The right thing needs to be done. It’s common sense. We will not give up on our planet and we are not going away. These issues also will not go away.
  • Diana Page
    signed 2021-07-28 21:27:13 -0400
  • Jordin Wilson
    signed 2021-07-28 21:09:10 -0400
  • Nancy Ruel
    signed 2021-07-28 20:59:18 -0400
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    signed 2021-07-28 19:59:32 -0400
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    signed 2021-07-28 19:47:37 -0400
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    signed 2021-07-28 19:45:13 -0400
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  • Daniel Wilkinson
    signed 2021-07-28 19:05:07 -0400
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  • Rod Lockwood
    signed 2021-07-28 18:54:38 -0400
    And do not let any other company put in any more pipelines through the Great Lakes region.
  • Xochilt Villalobos-Frye
    signed 2021-07-28 18:50:54 -0400
    I just got back from the U.P Michigan and it’s beautiful . Please protect this beautiful body of water.
  • Laurel Evans
    signed 2021-07-28 18:45:50 -0400
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    signed 2021-07-28 18:34:30 -0400
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    signed 2021-07-28 17:40:58 -0400
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    signed 2021-07-28 17:34:23 -0400
  • Erin Stuntz
    signed via 2021-07-28 16:31:01 -0400

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