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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  • Hanna Tolhurst
    signed 2015-09-11 14:40:06 -0400
  • Katelyn King
    signed 2015-09-11 13:23:51 -0400
  • Gabriella Corcoran
    signed 2015-09-10 22:09:28 -0400
  • Aiman Shahpurwala
    signed 2015-09-10 13:52:57 -0400
  • gloria Mcardie
    signed 2015-09-10 08:15:05 -0400
  • Jessica Mansilla
    signed 2015-09-09 04:22:01 -0400
  • Dave O'Neill
    signed 2015-09-08 21:31:22 -0400
    Keep our waters free of oil!
  • Pat Springer
    signed 2015-09-08 16:47:25 -0400
    please sign governor Snyder, Michigan depends on it. Say yes to Michigan!!!!
  • Christina Brown
    signed 2015-09-08 12:47:32 -0400
  • Sarah Springer
    signed 2015-09-08 09:41:07 -0400
  • Janette Cobb
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-09-08 02:16:18 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Janette Cobb
    signed 2015-09-08 02:15:39 -0400
    Please Governor

    Shut down pipe line 5 if it leaks like the pipeline in Kalamazoo , it will be devastating to our state.
  • Amanda Majchrzak
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-09-07 15:47:41 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Amanda Majchrzak
    signed 2015-09-07 15:47:10 -0400
  • Carmen Harrington
    signed 2015-09-07 14:21:14 -0400
  • Gerald Wilgus
    signed 2015-09-07 13:42:37 -0400
  • Robert Cushing
    signed 2015-09-07 11:11:00 -0400
    I rode my motorcycle through the Mackinac area this summer and was awed by the natural beauty there. I am astounded to lean that the Governor of the state that this beautiful land and water lies in will not immediately take the minimum, common sense steps to be sure that the 60 year old pipeline operated by a company with a spotty at best safety and environmental record is meeting its obligations.
  • Laura McKernan
    signed 2015-09-07 07:00:21 -0400
  • Cathy Barash
    signed 2015-09-06 22:58:32 -0400
  • Johnny Norander
    signed 2015-09-06 12:34:54 -0400
  • Bernadene Crampton
    signed 2015-09-06 10:19:24 -0400
  • Amanda Gindhart
    signed via 2015-09-05 23:40:38 -0400
    Please protect what’s left of our freshwaters.
  • Brittany Slaven
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-09-05 21:35:07 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Joshua Wilson
    signed 2015-09-05 21:27:56 -0400
    How much petrol leaks if it breaks under the ice before you can get a response to it? Unbelievable it’s still in operation.
  • Margaret Pierson
    signed 2015-09-05 18:18:42 -0400
  • JoAnn Keenan
    signed 2015-09-05 18:03:30 -0400
  • Jessie Dee
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-09-05 14:53:52 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Jessie Dijkstra
    signed 2015-09-05 14:53:32 -0400
    Please don’t let our beautiful water supply be destroyed for oil Mr. Snyder!
  • Sherry D. Rheaume
    signed 2015-09-05 12:13:15 -0400
  • Richard Brown
    signed 2015-09-05 12:06:50 -0400