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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 Enbridge is trying to block action by Michigan’s governor to protect us from an outdated and dangerous oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.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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  • Sylvia Stevens
    signed 2021-06-18 17:45:31 -0400
    That pipeline is a timebomb waiting to explode. When that happens, the impact on the lakes, the creatures who live above and below the waterlines and the people who live, work and play on or near them will be devastating. Everyone will wring their hands and point their fingers at others and ask “Why didn’t you stop this distaster from happening?” Avoid this scenario. Close the pipeline before something awful happens.
  • Tammie Sanders
    signed 2021-06-18 17:16:16 -0400
    Tammie Sanders
  • Susan Harris
    signed 2021-06-18 17:10:25 -0400
  • Kekky McGraw
    signed 2021-06-18 16:59:29 -0400
  • Mary Ardner
    signed 2021-06-18 16:48:12 -0400
  • Linda Stalmah
    signed 2021-06-18 16:46:50 -0400
  • Erin Hopkins
    signed 2021-06-18 16:39:19 -0400
  • Luan Morgan
    signed 2021-06-18 16:37:43 -0400
  • Kathleen Blattner
    signed 2021-06-18 16:36:50 -0400
  • Kimberly Kubicek
    signed 2021-06-18 16:20:53 -0400
  • Deborah Thomas
    signed 2021-06-18 16:18:47 -0400
  • Linda Brylewski
    signed 2021-06-18 15:29:57 -0400
    Before it is too late !
  • Dolores ZellerF
    signed 2021-06-18 15:12:19 -0400
    Dolores Zeller

    I have wanted this shut down for years.
  • Sally Cruickshank
    signed 2021-06-18 14:54:00 -0400
  • Steve Wysocki
    signed 2021-06-18 14:47:27 -0400
  • Annette Morrin
    signed 2021-06-18 14:33:45 -0400
  • Kathleen Schneider
    signed 2021-06-18 14:02:14 -0400
  • Chris Ainslie
    signed 2021-06-18 13:56:31 -0400
    Chris Ainslie
  • Kim Bergier
    signed 2021-06-18 13:43:49 -0400
    I have a lawn sign already.
  • Patricia Reilly
    signed 2021-06-18 13:43:11 -0400
  • Audrey Minick
    signed 2021-06-18 13:35:19 -0400
    What an unbelievable mess we will be in if that line breaks.
  • Elaine McCormack
    signed 2021-06-18 13:28:28 -0400
    We do not need any of these old pipe lines. Besides that, I agree with my governor. Close them down and do not use them period.
  • David Minick
    signed 2021-06-18 13:16:07 -0400
  • Catherine Barnes
    signed 2021-06-18 13:07:07 -0400
    Please keep our Beautiful Great Lakes, BEAUTIFUL!
  • Joan Kenoshmeg
    signed 2021-06-18 12:28:53 -0400
    We can’t bring back animals, tourism industries, clean water. Please shut down LINE 5. We need to use smarter solutions that put the environment first.
  • Jan Oosterhouse
    signed 2021-06-18 12:27:14 -0400
    Jan Oosterhouse
  • Richard L Giovanoni
    signed 2021-06-18 11:53:14 -0400
  • Joel Libman
    signed 2021-06-18 11:45:41 -0400
    Joel Libman
  • Carrie Reyhl
    signed 2021-06-18 11:43:49 -0400
    When built, it was said this pipeline would last for 50 years. We are 18 years past that point and Enbridge has done little to improve this pipeline over the years. When support struts were failing, they failed to report this to the state of Michigan as required. An oil leak in the swift currents of the straits of Mackinac would be catastrophic to communities’ drinking water sources, as well as the tourism and fishing industries in my state.
  • Judy Merrick
    signed 2021-06-18 11:36:01 -0400

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