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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  • Catharine Harrell
    signed via 2014-07-25 14:37:29 -0400
  • Garry Flynn
    signed via 2014-07-25 14:31:54 -0400
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-07-25 14:29:23 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-07-25 14:29:19 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Aryon Bosma
    signed via 2014-07-25 14:28:59 -0400
    Defend the Great Lakes from oil pollution ! Omen
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-07-25 14:28:08 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Kurt Heyer
    signed via 2014-07-25 14:27:27 -0400
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-07-25 14:26:01 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • May Bernard
    signed 2014-07-25 14:25:44 -0400
  • Kenneth Larsen
    signed via 2014-07-25 13:25:20 -0400
    Our Great Lakes are the most precious asset we have. We cannot afford to take ANY risks with them.
  • @MITspelczech tweeted link to this page. 2014-07-25 13:00:00 -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=1347
  • Jeffrey Larsen
    signed via 2014-07-25 12:59:31 -0400
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-07-25 12:57:05 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • John Stegmeier
    signed 2014-07-25 12:41:32 -0400
    I feel the same way about the portion of this pipeline that crosses the St. Clair River also
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-07-25 12:26:15 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Patricia Ligibel
    signed 2014-07-25 09:22:44 -0400
  • Robert Marshall
    signed 2014-07-25 01:20:20 -0400
  • Beth Heckman
    signed 2014-07-24 22:37:10 -0400
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-07-24 16:23:42 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Sarah Green
    signed 2014-07-24 16:22:13 -0400
  • Kay Chase
    signed 2014-07-24 15:38:33 -0400
  • Elizabeth Lucci-Martinek
    signed via 2014-07-24 14:59:34 -0400
  • Johanna Miller
    signed 2014-07-24 14:42:43 -0400
    This is an all risk – big risk – and no reward proposition. Please pursue 21st century solutions instead of dirty, dangerous and finite fossil fuel options. Our economy and our future demand it.
  • Lynn Dionne
    signed 2014-07-24 05:46:18 -0400
    Please Mr. Snyder, don’t let this destroy our Great Lakes!!! Request emergency funding to resolve this issue immediately!!!!!!! This can not be ignored or put off or it will be to late. The time for action is NOW,,,, BY YOU!!!! We are waiting for your response on a TV broadcast to inform your public about what is being done about this, please respond ASAP
  • Cindy Lipka
    signed 2014-07-23 18:27:31 -0400
  • Janet Lillevold
    signed 2014-07-23 13:09:37 -0400
  • Marie Walker
    signed 2014-07-23 12:44:43 -0400
  • Allison Thielen
    signed 2014-07-23 12:36:46 -0400
    Public awareness of this threat must be heightened!
  • Jennifer Peter
    signed via 2014-07-23 11:08:04 -0400
    Protect our water at all costs. We cannot afford to think short term is this situation.
  • Andrea Kessner
    signed 2014-07-23 10:06:43 -0400