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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  • Kelly Kelly
    signed 2021-02-20 18:42:43 -0500
  • Laura Lyons
    signed via 2021-02-20 18:39:22 -0500
  • Melissa Pinkner
    signed via 2021-02-20 18:05:10 -0500
  • K.J. Dotson
    signed via 2021-02-20 18:03:55 -0500
  • Brian Forney
    signed 2021-02-20 17:41:56 -0500
    As former resident of Michigan and a citizen of the United States, please do not support the continual operation of Line 5. We need to move away from fossil fuels. Line 5 carries carbon intensive fuel and also risks an oil spill in the Great Lakes threatening biodiversity, drinking water, and tourism.
  • Mary Pung
    signed via 2021-02-20 13:23:49 -0500
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  • Michaele Malecki
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    signed via 2021-02-20 12:27:47 -0500
  • Cynthia Charters
    signed 2021-02-20 11:22:33 -0500
    Clean water is too valuable a resource to risk contamination from oil sands. Shut this line down and retrain employees to work in renewable energy.
  • Anthony Rinna
    signed 2021-02-20 08:28:15 -0500
  • MRy Morris
    signed 2021-02-20 07:29:42 -0500
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  • Liam O’Connor
    signed via 2021-02-20 01:17:22 -0500
    consider me called to action !
  • Mary Schaefer
    signed via 2021-02-20 01:01:56 -0500
    Enbridge may be owned by Canada, but its ancient pipeline is affecting US waters. Please support Governor Whitmer’s action on the line 5 pipeline.
  • Stan Sattinger
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  • Beth Beecham
    signed 2021-02-19 18:00:44 -0500
    Thank you for your speedy response.
  • Sandra Kaptain
    @sandykaptain tweeted link to this page. 2021-02-19 17:03:14 -0500
    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. #shutdownline5 Sign here: https://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/president_biden_support_the_line_5_shutdown?recruiter_id=27311
  • Sandra Kaptain
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    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. #shutdownline5 Sign here: https://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/president_biden_support_the_line_5_shutdown?recruiter_id=85866
  • Mary Gutierrez
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