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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  • michael patterson
    signed 2016-11-13 17:17:18 -0500
    michael patterson
  • Juliet Oppenheim
    signed 2016-11-12 10:26:59 -0500
  • Pamela Boudreau
    signed 2016-11-11 23:49:21 -0500
  • Paula Steele
    signed 2016-11-11 07:32:18 -0500
  • Aimee LeMay
    signed 2016-11-10 22:06:38 -0500
  • Karen Szkutnik
    signed via 2016-11-10 11:51:35 -0500
  • Nick Schnorberger
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-10 11:16:04 -0500
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Nick Schnorberger
    signed via 2016-11-10 11:15:47 -0500
  • marena tedaldi
    signed via 2016-11-09 15:13:04 -0500
  • Christopher Back
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-09 15:11:08 -0500
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Christopher Back
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-09 15:11:05 -0500
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Christopher Back
    @christo4l3ack tweeted link to this page. 2016-11-09 15:11:01 -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=16368
  • Delia Su
    signed 2016-11-09 12:30:30 -0500
  • Tracey Paulson
    signed 2016-11-04 20:25:20 -0400
  • Richard Sprowl
    signed 2016-11-04 15:50:11 -0400
  • Carol Kleinert
    signed 2016-11-04 13:16:38 -0400
    Stop this insanity before it’s too late !!
  • adriana bianco
    signed 2016-10-27 11:34:37 -0400
  • Gerald Piotrowski
    signed via 2016-10-27 10:01:44 -0400
  • Annie Briggs Couture
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-27 09:49:00 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Ann Couture
    signed 2016-10-27 09:48:50 -0400
  • Alexa Hansen
    signed 2016-10-26 17:15:21 -0400
  • Kristine Barrett
    signed 2016-10-24 01:06:58 -0400
    It was unbelievably stupid for a pipeline to e allowed anywhere near the great lakes EVER…but now that the world REALIZES how precious this reserve of fresh water is it is more stupid to not protect it to the utmost of our ability
  • Matt Davis
    signed 2016-10-23 12:55:02 -0400
    water is sacred. Beyond me why our people, the original first nations, are treated with such hatred and disrespect.
  • Ellie Vance
    signed 2016-10-21 11:23:18 -0400
    I have lived through the trauma of the line 6B replacements long the “easement” across our driveway and the front yard of our pristine 10 acre country residence in Oakland. Enbridge largely presented itself as an insensitive, bullying Big Business that cared little for the months and months of disruption to the lives of landowners along line 6B or to the environmental disruption it left in its wake [I.e., While compensating landowners minimum payment for use of the “easement” through their properties [easements generally purchased from farmers in the 1960’s], Canadian owned Enbridge created a 60 ft wide path (easement) of devastation, leaving a clear view of ground up earth stretching from southwest to northeast as far as the eye could see —a surreal panorama of downed forest areas, plowed over homeowners’ landscaping and farmers’s fields, removed farmer’s fences (later replaced), and disturbed wetlands].

    The above paints a picture of the Canadian owned Enbridge company that is defending its aged, “decaying”, and technically inadequate pipeline that stretches across the precious waters of the Mackinac Straits in order to transport their NOT “Crude Oil” for which the pipeline was designed, but thick, corrosive “Tar Sand Oil”. From dealing with Enbridge, my “take” on their “Mission Statement” is “Profits above All Else”. And they maintain a small army of attorneys to deal with any “accidents” that may threaten their Mission.

    Canadian Owned—Tar Sand Oil—Exploiting the US environment and citizens—Very Questionable Ethics and Practices——-Very Sad that Our Government Representatives permit such Obvious Risk to our treasured natural resources and citizen health to continue.

    Ellie Vance
  • John Canavan
    signed 2016-10-20 19:53:51 -0400
  • Justin Smith
    signed 2016-10-20 14:09:29 -0400
    Water is life!
  • Kaitlyn Hill
    signed 2016-10-20 02:09:15 -0400
  • Alex Burkholder
    signed via 2016-10-15 09:46:40 -0400
  • Chris Sturm
    signed 2016-10-12 21:04:44 -0400
  • Richard O'Malley
    signed 2016-10-12 21:03:20 -0400