On July 1, 2014, a total of 17 conservation, water, environmental and tribal organizations sent a letter to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder urging immediate state action to regulate Enbridge’s Line 5 pipelines under the Straits of Mackinac. The letter cites several potential violations to the contract between the State of Michigan and Enbridge, and outlines the State's perpetual public trust authority to regulate this pipeline and protect the waters of the Great Lakes. This Citizen's Letter is a summary of the official letter sent to Governor Snyder.

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Dear Governor Snyder:

An oil pipeline running through the Straits of Mackinac is putting the Great Lakes at risk. Our state is allowing the pipeline to operate despite questions about whether Enbridge, the pipeline owner, is complying with the terms of its 1953 easement or laws to protect the Great Lakes.

We the undersigned urge you to make all information about the pipeline available to the public, and require that Enbridge immediately:

  • Share with the public and the State detailed information about the contents, use, and safety of the pipeline
  • Comply with all terms and conditions of the existing easement
  • File an authorization application under the Great Lakes Submerged Lands Act to secure state permission for activities on state-owned public trust bottomlands
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  • Zachary Solomon
    signed 2021-07-07 20:02:26 -0400
  • Valerie Dynda
    signed 2021-07-06 12:02:45 -0400
  • Kathy Blue
    signed via 2017-03-04 09:02:51 -0500
    Our Great Lakes MUST be protected, Governor Snyder. Please represent the citizens of Michigan on this matter!
  • Stacy Shafto
    signed 2017-03-04 08:01:30 -0500
  • Donald Roy
    signed 2017-03-03 16:02:02 -0500
  • Karen Motawi
    signed 2017-03-03 14:15:04 -0500
  • Sarah Birch
    signed 2017-03-03 11:25:45 -0500
  • Elizabeth Nagelbush
    signed 2017-03-03 05:21:18 -0500
  • Betsy Curtis
    signed 2017-03-02 15:54:21 -0500
  • Mary Picucci
    signed via 2017-03-02 12:23:43 -0500
  • Mary Loesch
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-03-02 12:14:02 -0500
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Mary Loesch
    signed via 2017-03-02 12:13:26 -0500
  • Jessica McCallie Arquette
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-03-02 11:44:16 -0500
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Jessica McCallie-Arquette
    signed 2017-03-02 11:43:42 -0500
    Snyder, the biggest fool! …or the grandest liar!? Every pipeline leaks. DAPL will eventually leak. Enbridge line 5 already leaks. It’s cheaper for oil companies to ‘disregard and cover-up’ spills for years and have insurance companies pay for the clean-up than to ‘report and repair’ the damage. It is widely known that this IS how oil industry and insurance companies operate! This is why we’re fighting, because we know that elected officials are full well aware of the facts and in, the archaic, wrong about all that is done for(done to) our state. Neanderthal-like, adamantly careless mindset from actions of Snyder’s administration resulting in pollution of our most necessary resource, WATER! Oil reliancy is intentional, unnecessary and for the sole purpose of benefiting multinational corporations, NOT CITIZENS. As resident of Michigan I behold much higher standards than to allow destruction of air, soil and WATER. Public officials are directly responsible for endangering and now need to protect The Great Lakes and the watershed of this this state. This opportunity may begin to restore assurance our WATER will not continue to be contaminated by government actions or lack thereof! SHUT DOWN ENBRIDGE LINE 5! #KillTheBlackSnake
  • Winifred L Kerwin
    signed 2017-02-26 23:27:26 -0500
    Please don’t let Our Great Lakes become a statistic!
  • Caroline de Mauriac
    signed 2017-02-23 20:03:46 -0500
    We need to heed the risks posed by Line 5 and other pipelines running across our national landscape threatening the safety of our water resources. It is time to shut them down and invest in sustainable renewable energy. This is not only an environmental protection issue, nationally and globally, but a economic and national security issue.
  • Landon Bartley
    signed 2017-02-20 22:21:50 -0500
  • Kathryn Koches
    signed 2017-02-18 14:18:31 -0500
    Rick—you could be the hero. Do the right thing. Don’t risk anymore water. Rick, I want to support you but we don’t seem to have the same values. Instead of trying to prove what a great businessman you are, show us you can govern. Protect our resources. Protect the citizens. Quit poisoning children. How about creating jobs in solar and Wind? Please
  • Betsy Bogedain
    signed 2017-02-16 23:02:11 -0500
  • Jessica Gardon Rose
    signed 2017-02-13 23:06:23 -0500
  • Louise Petersen
    signed 2017-02-12 11:22:56 -0500
    Louise Petersen
  • Catherine Ellis
    signed 2017-02-11 16:56:50 -0500
    Please help to protect our beautiful nature resources!
  • Coleen Durbin-Matrone
    signed 2017-02-10 22:11:07 -0500
  • Dennis Nazelli
    signed 2017-02-10 21:25:32 -0500
  • Leonard Kraska
    signed 2017-02-08 04:16:00 -0500
    Water is life.
  • Leonard Page
    signed 2017-02-07 16:30:02 -0500
  • Jeremiah Bell
    signed 2017-02-03 12:35:16 -0500
  • Amy Lebowsky
    @fabulii tweeted link to this page. 2017-02-01 21:53:11 -0500
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you? http://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/sign_on_letter-done?recruiter_id=27593
  • Judith Bommarito
    signed 2017-01-30 09:50:02 -0500
    Judith Bommarito
  • Heidi Coash
    signed 2017-01-26 09:58:32 -0500