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
3,684 SIGNATURES
Goal: 3,500 signatures

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  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-08-08 22:48:39 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Gail Philbin
    signed 2014-08-08 22:48:06 -0400
  • Beth Case
    signed 2014-08-08 20:29:45 -0400
  • Jeremy Royer
    signed 2014-08-08 20:17:59 -0400
  • Joy Bublitz
    signed 2014-08-08 20:08:36 -0400
  • Stacy Comoford
    signed 2014-08-08 20:08:06 -0400
  • Pamela Esser
    signed 2014-08-08 19:07:53 -0400
  • Michael Daly
    signed 2014-08-08 16:47:46 -0400
  • Linda Snider
    signed 2014-08-08 15:53:50 -0400
  • @dfgarland tweeted link to this page. 2014-08-08 15:10:09 -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=1557
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-08-08 15:10:09 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Cheryl Elyea
    signed 2014-08-08 14:43:50 -0400
  • Bette Pierman
    signed 2014-08-08 14:30:20 -0400
  • Cheryl Crandell
    signed 2014-08-08 14:10:55 -0400
    This should be a no-brainer of the first magnitude. Enbridge has a terrible record in this state and elsewhere, and “taking their word for it” on the pipeline under the Straits is BEGGING for disaster. Our governor needs to lead the way on this issue—and if this one won’t, we need a new one!
  • Cindy Leach
    signed 2014-08-08 13:45:22 -0400
  • Catrina Culver
    signed 2014-08-08 12:52:38 -0400
  • Margaret Schwarz
    signed 2014-08-08 12:48:27 -0400
  • Dennis Kirchoff
    signed 2014-08-08 12:47:14 -0400
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-08-08 12:42:20 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Laurie Tata
    signed 2014-08-08 12:41:43 -0400
  • @AcieBrucie tweeted link to this page. 2014-08-08 12:38:25 -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=1542
  • Terra Leach
    signed 2014-08-08 12:16:27 -0400
  • Jenna Pedrin
    signed 2014-08-08 11:18:55 -0400
  • Kate Madigan
    signed 2014-08-08 11:14:22 -0400
  • Jaron Garza
    signed 2014-08-08 10:42:15 -0400
  • George Heritier
    signed 2014-08-08 10:39:11 -0400
  • Colleen Makin
    signed via 2014-08-08 07:43:38 -0400
  • Bree Carscadden
    signed via 2014-08-08 07:20:51 -0400
  • James Hill
    signed 2014-08-07 17:07:57 -0400
    Efforts should be made to reroute the oil so it does not go under any of the great lakes. Nothing is more precious to the state and the nation as the Great Lakes and to merely study or add more precautions does not preclude a devastating leak that will forever destroy our most precious resource. Oil does not trump our fresh water.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-08-07 14:49:19 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?