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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  • Sarah Oxnard
    signed 2021-02-27 10:18:02 -0500
  • jeanmariemink
    @jeanmariemink tweeted link to this page. 2021-02-27 10:11:43 -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=87030
  • Nancy Briggs
    signed 2021-02-27 09:16:11 -0500
    Nancy Briggs
  • John Zawacki
    signed via 2021-02-27 09:01:57 -0500
  • Paula Dreeszen
    signed via 2021-02-27 08:37:02 -0500
  • Lori Long
    signed 2021-02-27 06:52:33 -0500
  • Debrah Cerelli
    signed 2021-02-27 01:24:39 -0500
    As a Michigander I have great pride in our great lakes. We need to protect this beautiful and essential natural resource. Canada likes to boast about their natural beauty. That’s fine but not at the expense of Michigan’s environmental health

    Please help Michigan protect her beautiful water ways.
  • Tamara Stagman
    signed via 2021-02-26 23:54:59 -0500
    President Biden,

    Please help our Governor shut down Line 5 before it’s too late. We have 25% of the worlds fresh water here and to risk an oil spill by still operating a 67 year old pipeline just doesn’t make sense. Please use common sense and Shut Down Line 5 today. Water is life.


    Tamara Stagman

    Traverse City, MI
  • Lynn Shoemaker
    signed via 2021-02-26 22:26:06 -0500
  • Robert Croghan
    signed 2021-02-26 20:59:31 -0500
  • Stacy Mata
    signed via 2021-02-26 20:36:06 -0500
  • Carrie Kowieski
    signed 2021-02-26 18:49:13 -0500
  • Michael Gajewski
    signed 2021-02-26 17:07:50 -0500
  • JoAnne Beemon
    signed via 2021-02-26 16:03:33 -0500
    Catastrophic Climate Disruption is real. Line 5 is not needed. The threat to the Great Lakes is indefensible. Enbridge has lied, has hidden information and has not followed safety law and regulation.
  • Kelly Kroske
    signed via 2021-02-26 15:47:03 -0500
  • Brigid Hart
    @BrigidHart tweeted link to this page. 2021-02-26 15:34:41 -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=11401
  • Brigid Hart
    signed via 2021-02-26 15:34:30 -0500
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    William Crane
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    signed 2021-02-26 12:21:49 -0500
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  • Suzanne Sorkin
    signed via 2021-02-26 11:53:22 -0500
  • Carol Ingells
    signed via 2021-02-26 11:26:25 -0500
    I am a MI native who is greatly concerned about the safety of the Great Lakes. This is urgent.
  • Caroline Leisure
    signed 2021-02-26 10:45:16 -0500
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  • Jennifer Williamson
    signed 2021-02-26 10:29:04 -0500
  • Stephanie Budde
    signed 2021-02-26 07:34:01 -0500

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