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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  • 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
  • Malinda Taylor
    signed via 2014-07-23 07:51:31 -0400
    There are nothing like the Great Lakes, please make sure that they are protected.
  • Carol Johnson
    signed 2014-07-23 06:57:39 -0400
  • Delia Madore
    signed via 2014-07-23 06:42:08 -0400
  • Beth Carusi
    signed 2014-07-23 06:33:15 -0400
  • Matt Erwin
    signed via 2014-07-23 00:15:06 -0400
  • Stephen Guertin
    signed 2014-07-22 16:46:14 -0400
  • Mary Povolo
    signed 2014-07-22 13:44:08 -0400
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-07-22 12:06:56 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • pamela schichtel
    signed via 2014-07-22 11:27:49 -0400
  • Linda Parsons
    signed 2014-07-22 10:40:09 -0400
    Also own property on Nine Mile Point Drive, Charlevoix, MI.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-07-22 10:23:32 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • deb hansen
    signed 2014-07-22 10:22:16 -0400
    The thought of an oil spill in the Straits moves me to action. The answer is clean renewable energy. Now!
  • Maureen Hicks
    signed 2014-07-22 09:42:11 -0400
  • Amy Heller-Shellberg
    signed 2014-07-22 09:22:16 -0400
  • Lynne Pearson
    signed 2014-07-22 09:02:32 -0400
  • Donna Layne
    signed 2014-07-21 19:11:19 -0400
    An accident waiting to happen. Been watching the increased activity for several weeks now. VERY worried. Just feet from my front door.
  • John Vick
    signed via 2014-07-21 17:48:58 -0400
  • Virginia Rogers
    signed 2014-07-21 17:05:25 -0400
  • Kathleen Taylor
    signed via 2014-07-21 15:51:44 -0400
  • Matthew Yurek
    signed 2014-07-21 13:46:03 -0400
  • Jeff Peters
    signed 2014-07-21 09:44:56 -0400
  • Andrew LaPorte
    signed 2014-07-20 23:20:19 -0400
  • Michael Bergman
    signed 2014-07-20 08:00:17 -0400
  • @ChicagoWilkoffs tweeted link to this page. 2014-07-19 21:57:48 -0400
    I signed a letter to MI Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes from oil spills. Will you? http://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/sign_on_letter?recruiter_id=514
  • Margaret Jahn
    signed 2014-07-19 21:53:17 -0400
    We have generational family cottages on the Straits (in Cheboygan and Bois Blanc Island) and our family wants to make sure it does all it can to protect the Great Lakes and surrounding land.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-07-19 16:18:41 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-07-19 16:18:35 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Leesa Bodette
    signed via 2014-07-19 16:18:17 -0400