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.

Add your voice! Sign this Citizen's Letter to the Governor

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
Goal: 3,500 signatures

Will you sign?

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  • Gerald Wilgus
    signed 2015-09-07 13:42:37 -0400
  • Amelia Buckmeier
    signed 2015-09-07 11:32:45 -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.
  • Susan Wachendorfer
    signed 2015-09-07 09:33:59 -0400
  • 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
  • Lisa Lang
    signed 2015-09-06 00:44:40 -0400
    What is your legacy going to entail? Hero or afraid to shutdown, remove pipeline 5 under the Straits of Mackinaw?
  • Amanda Gindhart
    signed via 2015-09-05 23:40:38 -0400
    Please protect what’s left of our freshwaters.
  • Kaye Kaiser
    signed via 2015-09-05 22:01:45 -0400
  • Elizabeth Thelen
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-09-05 22:00:33 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Elizabeth Thelen
    @gz4m7q tweeted link to this page. 2015-09-05 22:00:30 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you? http://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/sign_on_letter?recruiter_id=5332
  • Elizabeth Thelen
    signed 2015-09-05 21:59:56 -0400
  • 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?
  • brittany slaven
    signed via 2015-09-05 21:34:28 -0400
  • 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.
  • Jason Schrader
    signed 2015-09-05 19:27:40 -0400
    This pipeline needs to be removed NOW!!!!! Before it’s too late
  • 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
  • Dawn Matthews
    signed via 2015-09-05 11:57:17 -0400
  • Roxanne Adamczyk
    signed 2015-09-05 11:29:30 -0400
    Dear Governor Snyder: This outdated pipe could leak at anytime and cause a chain reaction that would affect our Great Lakes, Mackinaw Island, tourism, and Michigan economy – even as I write I am truly concerned at the thought of this 62 year old pipe, well past its safety code, could leak. Water is more important to life than oil. Water and oil do not mix. With winter weather approaching and ice forming soon on our Great Lakes , this adds to the situation. It is irresponsible to not shut down this pipeline. A few houses to heat would not compare to the disaster that this would cause for Michigan. This is a disaster waiting to happen. Please shut down this pipeline immediately. This is not an issue that can wait regarding action.
  • Brant Mitchell
    signed 2015-09-05 10:53:15 -0400
  • Nimkee Ireland
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-09-05 10:48:41 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Joe ireland
    signed 2015-09-05 10:48:09 -0400
  • Patrick Rheaume
    signed 2015-09-05 10:37:33 -0400