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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  • Tim Barrett
    signed 2016-07-31 08:31:48 -0400
    We are totally opposed to a pipeline under Lake Michigan. It never should have been installed to begin with. We believe it should be flushed out and its use should cease as soon as possible.
  • Tara Stroh
    signed 2016-07-29 10:22:56 -0400
    Tara Stroh
  • Sarah Polk
    signed 2016-07-24 12:30:17 -0400
  • Gregory Bartgis
    signed via 2016-07-17 09:14:32 -0400
    I’m not so close, but this affects us all
  • Christine Miller
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-07-16 00:53:04 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Christine Miller
    @Amazonred tweeted link to this page. 2016-07-16 00:53:01 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you? http://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/sign_on_letter-old?recruiter_id=10954
  • Christine Miller
    signed via 2016-07-16 00:52:34 -0400
    Christine Miller
  • Connie Powell
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-07-16 00:42:51 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Connie Powell
    signed 2016-07-16 00:42:27 -0400
  • Jodi Stikins
    signed 2016-07-15 22:57:30 -0400
  • Jo Kelly
    signed 2016-07-08 08:18:22 -0400
    I live on the St. Mary’s River. I am sure a leak a Mackinac would destroy our fishing and our economy.
  • Sue Zelenko
    signed 2016-07-08 07:52:23 -0400
    I live in Florida but grew up in Michigan. We still see the effects of the 2010 BP deep water horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. You don’t want that on your pristine shores!
  • Jill Tomandl
    signed 2016-07-07 23:36:27 -0400
  • Lorie Johnson
    signed 2016-07-06 19:34:53 -0400
    Don’t screw up the Great Lakes!
  • Gabriel Rains
    signed 2016-06-29 01:48:11 -0400
  • Aria Everts
    signed 2016-06-26 11:51:20 -0400
  • Danielle Zick
    signed 2016-06-23 16:27:13 -0400
  • Alexa Brookshire
    signed 2016-06-21 09:27:21 -0400
    Alexa Brookshire
  • Martin Schnur
    signed 2016-06-20 21:30:17 -0400
  • Bryan McMurran
    signed 2016-06-20 00:04:42 -0400
  • M Leonard
    signed 2016-06-11 11:25:51 -0400
  • Jerry Fenlon
    signed 2016-06-09 21:52:16 -0400
    I live less than 1/4 mile from the underground piping, an less than 5 miles from the straits. In the last 10 years this company has fixed 5 anomalies within a 1 mile stretch. It is amazing that there hasn’t been any of these repairs under the water. This tells me that the existing line is wearing thin. Should be a wake up call for them.
  • Jan Akervall
    signed 2016-05-29 14:56:42 -0400
  • Christian Carr
    signed 2016-05-27 11:30:11 -0400
  • Trent Schwalbe
    signed 2016-05-14 08:29:18 -0400
  • 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
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  • Nickolas Neumann
    signed 2016-05-03 13:17:40 -0400
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  • Michael Conrad
    signed 2016-04-28 06:49:34 -0400