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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 Enbridge has enlisted Canada to block action by Michigan’s governor to protect us from an outdated and dangerous oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. The imminent danger of an oil spill is clear after the ongoing oil pipeline spill in the Pacific Ocean.

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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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  • Joyce Kowatch
    signed 2021-10-12 10:54:46 -0400
  • Deborah Adams
    signed via 2021-10-12 10:27:41 -0400
  • Erma Leaphart
    signed via 2021-10-12 10:00:09 -0400
    As a lifelong Michigander I do not take my location for granted. We must steward these natural resources and this pipeline is so incredibly short sighted. Please support Governor Whitmer’s and don’t let a private corporation threaten the future’s most precious resource, fresh water, for an oil industry that should be obsolete!!!
  • Andrew Grasso
    signed 2021-10-12 09:38:49 -0400
  • Charlotte Comeau
    signed 2021-10-12 08:54:40 -0400
  • Joselyn Beier
    signed 2021-10-12 08:28:00 -0400
  • Jennifer Reinfurt
    signed 2021-10-12 08:03:25 -0400
  • Nicole Carson
    signed 2021-10-12 08:01:16 -0400
    My family has property on Mackinac Island and we do not want to see the beautiful lake destroyed.
  • Gaelila McKaughan
    signed 2021-10-12 04:14:41 -0400
  • Debra Smith
    signed 2021-10-12 02:23:07 -0400
  • Isabella Medina
    signed 2021-10-12 00:38:16 -0400
  • Harold Willens
    signed 2021-10-11 23:28:15 -0400
  • Robert Nichols
    signed via 2021-10-11 23:00:24 -0400
  • Judy Skog
    signed 2021-10-11 22:31:29 -0400
    Dear Mr. President: We elected you as the President of the United States, not of Canada’s Enbridge Energy Corporation. Please consider the tragic consequences of pursuing Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline through Michigan and take action to protect the country’s greatest fresh water assets: the Great Lakes.

    Line 5 is a serious and unnecessary risk to the Great Lakes and to our country’s pledge to meet our climate obligations. Line 5 should be

    be shut down, and the money saved used to support renewable fuels.
  • Ari Pusateri
    signed 2021-10-11 22:17:32 -0400
  • Katy Olson
    signed 2021-10-11 22:01:01 -0400
  • Pat Hartsoe
    signed 2021-10-11 22:00:39 -0400
  • Lucinda Damon-Bach
    signed 2021-10-11 21:42:32 -0400
    Dear President Biden,

    I was raised in Michigan, and my 86yo mother still lives there so I visit frequently. Our family has spend many hours on, in, and at the edges of all the Great Lakes—swimming, sailing, canoeing, hiking the sand dunes, searching for Petosky stones and fossilized “lucky stones.” It’s crucial to preserve and protect these lakes, by shutting down the oil lines running through them. Please protect the lakes, prevent an environmental catastrophe, and preserve their legacy for future generations.
  • Simon Grigsby
    signed 2021-10-11 21:39:32 -0400
    How many spills do we need to get the message?
  • autumn schenk
    signed 2021-10-11 21:36:30 -0400
  • linda kierzkowski
    signed 2021-10-11 21:29:53 -0400
  • Suzanne Kiewiet
    signed 2021-10-11 21:13:02 -0400
  • Lisa Helstein
    signed 2021-10-11 21:05:47 -0400
  • Chloe Luedtke
    signed 2021-10-11 21:04:50 -0400
    Chloe Luedtke
  • Rachel Rivera
    signed 2021-10-11 20:48:51 -0400
  • Ashley Cooke
    signed 2021-10-11 20:38:27 -0400
  • Kimberly Macarus
    signed via 2021-10-11 20:36:56 -0400
    My grandparents lived in Michigan. I went to Interlochen Arts Academy. I know well the treasure that Michigan is.
  • Sony Patnaik
    signed 2021-10-11 20:13:41 -0400
  • Roni/Indrani
    @ronitherebel tweeted link to this page. 2021-10-11 20:12:07 -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=101629
  • Roshni Patnaik
    signed 2021-10-11 20:11:53 -0400

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