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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  • Megan McLaughlin
    signed 2016-10-12 20:09:45 -0400
  • James Waters
    signed 2016-10-12 20:07:18 -0400
  • Debra La Pensee
    signed 2016-10-10 11:38:17 -0400
    Organizations like yours are the true advocates for the public and the environment. Thank you for your time and dedication to save us from ourselves. Will send a contribution to support the responsibility your group has accepted in preserving our lives and the environment we must exist in.
  • Rochelle Lahti
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-06 13:50:31 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Rochelle Lahti
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-06 13:50:29 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Rochelle Lahti
    signed 2016-10-06 13:50:15 -0400
    Rochelle Lahti
  • Frank Roder
    signed 2016-10-05 13:55:06 -0400
  • Dudley Jordan
    signed 2016-10-02 22:13:50 -0400
  • Ann Krys
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-02 16:38:14 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Molly Lark
    signed 2016-10-01 22:11:31 -0400
  • Pooventhiran Nadaraja
    signed 2016-09-29 04:15:54 -0400
    It’s great what you guys have done. let me know how I could help you. but I’m a Malaysian citizen.
  • George Henry
    signed 2016-09-27 05:36:40 -0400
    Leave oil in the ground were oil belongs. The pipeline snake is evil to the balance of mature
  • Holly DeLong
    signed 2016-09-26 09:34:39 -0400
  • Jane Munro
    signed 2016-09-26 04:06:31 -0400
  • Mary Calcatera
    signed 2016-09-25 17:12:44 -0400
  • Aggie Flynn
    signed 2016-09-23 16:50:16 -0400
  • Cheryl Kacan
    signed 2016-09-23 10:26:02 -0400
    Protect our Great Lakes!
  • Tad Dykstra
    signed 2016-09-21 09:06:49 -0400
  • Lauren Bloom
    signed 2016-09-20 18:29:23 -0400
  • Jenny Rentfrow
    signed 2016-09-19 19:51:46 -0400
  • Eric Stenberg
    signed 2016-09-18 20:15:33 -0400
    New lines should be ran which will create jobs. The old line 5 should be shut down.
  • Nicole Allred
    signed 2016-09-18 09:57:36 -0400
    I live on the water. An oil spill would directly affect my lake, my coastal town, our wildlife, and our drinking water. The Great Lakes are huge and would affect the same things for so many people. This is not something we can ignore
  • Elizabeth Ong
    signed 2016-09-16 15:42:03 -0400
  • Nicole Waldron
    signed 2016-09-16 13:09:02 -0400
  • David Grossens
    signed 2016-09-13 21:57:17 -0400
    Dear Governor Snyder,

    Please do not treat this issue lightly. The health of our resources is vital to our state’s economy and the well-being of our citizens and any damage to them would directly affect both. This issue has the potential to be a crisis but could easily be avoided with sound management and oversight.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Best regards,

    Dave Grossens
  • Brad Eaton
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-09-13 21:42:39 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Brad Eaton
    signed 2016-09-13 21:42:09 -0400
  • Neil Focht
    signed 2016-09-13 21:33:41 -0400
  • John Schenck
    signed 2016-09-13 19:54:07 -0400
  • Kristoph Zerafino
    signed 2016-09-13 19:51:09 -0400