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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  • Robert Gamalski
    signed 2016-05-09 13:09:23 -0400
  • Cynthia Clark
    signed 2016-05-06 11:19:42 -0400
  • Wyatt Poirier
    signed 2016-05-04 12:20:25 -0400
    I love this information
  • Michael Conrad
    signed 2016-04-28 06:49:34 -0400
  • Evan Flom
    signed 2016-04-24 22:25:48 -0400
  • Robert Lee
    signed 2016-04-22 16:25:31 -0400
    Immediate action must be taken to protect the Great Lakes from a disastrous oil spill. The economic and environmental costs of continued inaction are too great.
  • Douglas Williams
    signed 2016-04-22 15:29:16 -0400
    Great cause
  • Grace Alexander
    signed 2016-04-22 14:07:06 -0400
    Atrocious that you continue to destroy this land for an ideology that isn’t working and NEVER will.
  • Brody Rosten
    signed via 2016-04-22 13:15:44 -0400
  • Scott Berzley
    signed 2016-04-21 09:33:53 -0400
    The Great Lakes are the pride of Michigan. They need to be protected and preserved. Tight up keep on management and regulations is a must.
  • Bob Eichenlaub
    signed 2016-04-20 20:53:50 -0400
  • Heidi Anders
    signed via 2016-04-20 13:48:42 -0400
  • Linnea Priest
    signed 2016-04-18 19:04:27 -0400
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  • Carel Dunshee
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-04-17 11:50:48 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Carel Dunshee
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-04-17 11:50:47 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • John Perreault
    signed 2016-01-26 17:40:43 -0500
    Let’s not wait for a disastrous oil spill which is a matter of when not if.
  • Bethany Sheffer
    signed 2016-01-24 13:32:01 -0500
  • Michael Roberts
    signed 2016-01-15 11:28:28 -0500
  • Nicole Cynowa Redeman
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-01-14 18:25:33 -0500
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Nicole Cynowa Redeman
    signed 2016-01-14 18:24:23 -0500
  • Meryllynn Beck
    signed 2015-12-20 10:51:41 -0500
  • Stephen Kastner
    signed 2015-11-25 12:15:55 -0500
  • Jim Carruthers
    signed 2015-11-23 20:00:37 -0500
    Gov Snyder, As the newly elected Mayor of Traverse City, I don’t believe I need to tell you how important our freah water lakes, rivers and streams are for our economic viability. We can not afford a spill of one drop of oil in our most valuable natural resource, our water. Please, please do not forsake this incredible asset for profits and needs of foreign corporate interests. Do not turn your head from the dangers we face if we have a spill. Thank you. Jim Carruthers
  • Linda Rogers
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-11-21 11:04:47 -0500
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Linda Rogers
    signed 2015-11-21 11:04:00 -0500
  • Lynn Fraze
    signed 2015-11-19 16:06:49 -0500
    Bad things happen when good people do NOTHING!
  • Sherry Nelson
    signed 2015-11-16 11:17:04 -0500
  • Andrew Carman
    signed 2015-11-02 14:29:02 -0500
  • John Males
    signed 2015-10-31 18:28:17 -0400
    I have sent several email letters to Senator Casperson and Representative Kivela regarding the dangers and lack of oversight as they relate to Enbridge line 5 across the U.P. This is a serious environmental risk and Enbridge is not able to contain any spill. They were not proactive when 800,000 gallons of raw crude went in to the Kalamazoo River.
  • Susan DeGroff
    signed 2015-10-31 17:10:32 -0400