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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  • James Gaul
    signed 2015-10-17 11:45:03 -0400
    Former resident and lifetime Michigander in my heart. Don’t let oil, money, and Line 5 make the Great Lakes becom a great mistake.
  • Sherwin Waldman
    signed 2015-10-14 16:31:56 -0400
  • Karen Wachs
    @haleesbluelace tweeted link to this page. 2015-10-08 08:54:11 -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=5837
  • Karen Wachs
    signed 2015-10-08 08:01:26 -0400
  • Ned Curtis
    signed 2015-10-07 19:08:08 -0400
    Close Line #5 !
  • Rich Nord
    signed 2015-10-02 14:38:05 -0400
    Michigan will not pure Michigan when this pipe line open up and it will and if there is 4 ft of ice clean up will be in the spring
  • Cindy Johnson
    signed via 2015-09-30 20:13:39 -0400
  • Lucie Blumenthal
    signed via 2015-09-29 12:31:28 -0400
  • Nick Schaedig
    signed 2015-09-28 22:45:32 -0400
    Born and raised in the Les Cheneaux Islands. I would like to add: Please shut down the pipeline before it bursts.
  • Jessica Muszynski
    signed via 2015-09-28 18:06:35 -0400
  • Doug Nyman
    signed via 2015-09-28 14:14:19 -0400
  • John Ottimer
    signed 2015-09-27 12:25:42 -0400
  • Laura satterfield
    signed via 2015-09-26 21:58:39 -0400
  • Mary Young
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-09-26 21:01:30 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Mary Young
    signed via 2015-09-26 21:00:45 -0400
  • Deb Hessler
    signed via 2015-09-26 20:49:33 -0400
  • Janice Boboltz
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-09-26 20:39:40 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Janice Boboltz
    signed 2015-09-26 20:38:21 -0400
  • Janette Dean
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-09-26 13:53:28 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Janette Dean
    signed 2015-09-26 13:52:54 -0400
    I was born in Wisconsin and I live in Nevada now. You should care as much as I do about the Great Lakes than you do as Governor. Protect the Straits of Mackinaw and the Great Lakes from the aging Enbridge pipeline! Don’t stand by silently while the Great Lakes won’t become the set of the next big disaster flick. This is no movie – this is the health of Great Lakes, and it doesn’t get any more real than that.
  • lisa martin
    signed 2015-09-25 22:08:33 -0400
  • Jamie Boboltz
    signed 2015-09-25 20:41:59 -0400
  • James Warner
    signed 2015-09-25 09:23:29 -0400
    The pipeline has served its life span, the company has made its money. Turn it off before its too late. The citizens demand it.
  • Michelle Barnett
    signed via 2015-09-25 07:44:56 -0400
  • Polly Wise
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-09-25 04:26:19 -0400
    I signed a letter to Gov Snyder asking him to protect the Great Lakes. Will you?
  • Nathan Kostegian
    signed 2015-09-24 14:57:39 -0400
  • Brandt Chapman
    signed 2015-09-23 22:54:57 -0400
  • Tracy Welch
    signed via 2015-09-23 21:00:04 -0400
  • Taylor Satula
    signed 2015-09-23 17:23:01 -0400
  • Michelle Irwin
    signed 2015-09-23 13:26:47 -0400