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
3,684 SIGNATURES
Goal: 3,500 signatures

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  • Linda Hutchinson
    signed 2014-08-14 20:56:24 -0400
    Please, keep the Great Lakes fresh.
  • Sue Pretty
    signed 2014-08-14 20:34:40 -0400
  • Sharon Gerlach
    signed 2014-08-14 19:18:51 -0400
  • Marcia OConnor
    signed 2014-08-14 17:30:02 -0400
  • Marcia Metzen
    signed 2014-08-14 16:11:19 -0400
  • Ronnie Alff
    signed 2014-08-14 15:12:36 -0400
    The disaster on the Kalamazoo River was a lesson. Michigan may have a poor record in education but we are not slow learners. Please do everything possible to be certain Enbridge takes proper care of the pipelines under our “big bridge”.
  • Jim Kaufman
    signed 2014-08-14 14:37:03 -0400
  • Jena Van Wagner
    signed 2014-08-14 13:39:02 -0400
  • Amy Pflughoeft
    signed 2014-08-14 13:24:45 -0400
  • Jerry Dennis
    signed 2014-08-14 13:22:09 -0400
  • Carol Ingells
    signed 2014-08-14 13:20:42 -0400
  • Philip Micklin
    signed 2014-08-14 12:48:10 -0400
  • Dale Scheiern
    signed 2014-08-14 12:42:16 -0400
    Clean water is the most valuable resource on the planet. Please use your station to assure corporate profits aren’t allowed to forego responsible protection of our Great Lakes and it’s wastershed. We must allow realistic, thoughtful regulation and oversight to protect the public interest, and our environment.
  • Lilly Mahaney
    signed 2014-08-14 12:37:45 -0400
  • Susan Burack
    signed 2014-08-14 12:28:51 -0400
  • Tom Mead
    signed 2014-08-14 12:24:19 -0400
  • Sharon Kegerreis
    signed 2014-08-11 12:42:54 -0400
  • Megan Lippert
    signed 2014-08-10 09:38:37 -0400
  • Patricia Zealley
    signed 2014-08-10 07:23:01 -0400
  • James Cook
    signed 2014-08-09 19:19:07 -0400
  • C.A. Townsend
    signed 2014-08-09 18:05:57 -0400
  • Aleks Kosowicz
    signed 2014-08-09 15:54:54 -0400
  • Barbara Howard
    signed 2014-08-09 10:41:54 -0400
  • Bruce Hitsman
    signed 2014-08-09 09:51:46 -0400
    Pipeline needs to be relocated, protect our water
  • Patricia Yulkowski
    signed 2014-08-09 08:19:22 -0400
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-08-09 07:26:24 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Cindy Hockstad
    signed 2014-08-09 06:59:51 -0400
    Keep our Great Lakes free from any pipelines , as well as anything which could ever destroy the fresh water surrounding our state. Our Great Lakes is our legacy for future generations. Don’t led greed or false promises sway your thinking.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-08-09 05:11:29 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-08-09 01:12:42 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Lynda Reimer
    signed 2014-08-09 00:59:19 -0400