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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 Enbridge is trying to block action by Michigan’s governor to protect us from an outdated and dangerous oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.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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  • Janice Henderson
    signed 2021-06-18 06:12:03 -0400
    A line 5 rupture would poison our fragile fresh water assets. Please, let’s not wait for that too happen !
  • Jeannette Stach
    signed 2021-06-18 02:16:45 -0400
  • Marie Evans
    signed 2021-06-18 01:46:39 -0400
  • Andrea Bordenave
    signed 2021-06-18 01:24:46 -0400
  • Jennifer McGreehan
    signed 2021-06-18 00:46:16 -0400
    Please help us protect our Great Lakes!
  • Steven Patrick
    signed 2021-06-17 23:57:34 -0400
    PLEASE shut down Line 5!
  • Susan McTigue
    signed 2021-06-17 23:56:04 -0400
  • Prudy Widlak
    signed 2021-06-17 23:45:43 -0400
    Please do not risk the health of this Great Lake. Please decommission the Line 5 oil pipeline.
  • JoAnne Thacker
    signed 2021-06-17 23:41:31 -0400
  • Ivonne Chavez-Soria
    signed 2021-06-17 22:46:24 -0400
  • Cheryl Runge
    signed 2021-06-17 22:44:39 -0400
  • Julia Strimer
    signed 2021-06-17 22:30:44 -0400
    Four years ago I showed the film IMMISCIBLE: THE FIGHT OVER LINE 5 to my retirement community in Chelsea MI. The documentary was made by four MSU students in 2017: https://vimeo.com/217120151 The theater was packed, and we provided postcards for residents to send to then-Gov. Snyder. We finally have a governor with the courage to order the shutdown, but Enbridge once again is resolute in their dedication to greed. President Biden shut down Keystone XL on his first day in office. He needs to offer Gov. Whitmer the support she needs to protect our Great Lakes!
  • Patricia Ball
    signed 2021-06-17 22:23:33 -0400
  • kathie vaught
    signed 2021-06-17 22:12:34 -0400
    We need to stop this from continuing…it is a time bomb that we will never recover from.
  • Jeremy Connolly
    signed 2021-06-17 21:41:21 -0400
  • Gary Smith
    signed 2021-06-17 21:19:04 -0400
  • Nancy Cole
    signed 2021-06-17 21:13:15 -0400
  • Laura Tabaccki
    signed 2021-06-17 21:00:06 -0400
  • Lori Horcha
    signed 2021-06-17 20:48:49 -0400
  • Joyce Haskins
    signed 2021-06-17 20:39:14 -0400
  • Elliot Rossen
    signed 2021-06-17 20:33:32 -0400
  • Margaret VanHoudt
    signed 2021-06-17 20:13:52 -0400
  • Julie Moskal
    signed 2021-06-17 19:54:04 -0400
  • Peggy S. Collins
    signed 2021-06-17 19:34:23 -0400
  • Debbie Arcabascio
    signed 2021-06-17 19:07:39 -0400
  • Linda Bradley
    signed 2021-06-17 18:55:37 -0400
    Linda Bradley
  • Kayla Vineyard
    signed 2021-06-17 18:55:29 -0400
  • Karen Cremean
    signed 2021-06-17 18:54:15 -0400
  • Lynn Bush
    signed 2021-06-17 18:38:46 -0400
    Lynn Bush
  • Janet Sparks
    signed 2021-06-17 18:01:56 -0400
    Janet Sparks

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