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Sign this petition and then ask others to join you. We must stop Enbridge from taking advantage during the pandemic and placing us all at higher risk.

Stop Enbridge from using a crisis to push through a Line 5 oil tunnel

You can’t hold real public hearings and a public comment period in the middle of a global pandemic when the state of Michigan is under an emergency order. Enbridge knows this and wants to take advantage of the public health and economic crisis to push through environmental permitting for their proposed Line 5 oil tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac. Compromising the state’s already severely strained financial and human resources to help Enbridge is wrong.

SIGN TO STOP ENBRIDGE FROM EXPLOITING THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND ECONOMIC CRISIS IN MICHIGAN AND DIVERTING RESOURCES AWAY FROM FIGHTING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Dear Gov. Whitmer:

As COVID-19, the disease caused by a novel coronavirus has spread throughout Michigan, Executive Order 2020-4 was issued on March 10, 2020, which declared a State of Emergency in Michigan to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, the virus has continued to impact Michigan severely. As a result, on April 1, 2020, a State of Emergency and a State of Disaster was declared across the State of Michigan.

In light of these circumstances we request that you order the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) to prioritize actions that are responsive to the COVID-19 pandemic, including its economic impact. We believe that emergency and other urgent matters relating to health, safety, financial, or security should receive the state’s full attention. Specifically, we are requesting that you utilize the emergency declaration to delay the review of permit applications submitted by Enbridge for their proposed Straits of Mackinac Tunnel.

EGLE should consider delaying review for the Enbridge Energy permit applications for the Straits of Mackinac Tunnel Project until it has been determined emergency and disaster conditions no longer exist and appropriate programs have been implemented to allow for full and proper public engagement, as required by law.

Taking these steps would help to ensure that all appropriate state resources are directed towards the present public health and state emergency. It would also mean that the state government would not unnecessarily take steps that would call for action by local governments, businesses and other organizations affected by the current emergencies, or by our residents, whose ability to meet and communicate with each other has been limited by measures adopted in response to the emergencies. Furthermore, the ability to hold public hearings and public comment during the state emergency will not be possible.

 

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  • Alison Paton
    signed 2020-05-07 09:00:55 -0400
  • Sarah Swan
    signed 2020-05-06 23:53:23 -0400
    This is the largest body of fresh water and I think we should make responsible choices to keep it clean for MI and all the future generations.
  • Sarah Gray
    signed 2020-05-05 17:49:32 -0400
  • Sasha Paris
    signed 2020-05-02 20:52:36 -0400
  • Jean Martin
    signed 2020-05-01 22:41:31 -0400
    JEAN C MARTIN
  • Ross Westerbur
    signed 2020-05-01 17:57:45 -0400
  • Lora Leland
    signed 2020-05-01 16:09:22 -0400
  • mary pelton cooper
    signed 2020-05-01 11:25:01 -0400
    The tunnel will not protect the water from a leak or rupture along the exposed pipeline on the shore. A break in a waterway feeding into the straits is possible today and any day after an expensive tunnel is constructed. The problem is not just the portion in the water. The problem is Line 5 pipeline.
  • Robin Scully
    signed via 2020-05-01 10:41:01 -0400
  • Jay Korinek
    signed 2020-04-30 14:23:02 -0400
  • Dorothy Frisch
    signed 2020-04-30 13:17:07 -0400
    Don’t let Enbridge do an end run around our right to public hearings!
  • Jerry Mclaughlin
    signed 2020-04-30 11:15:53 -0400
  • Maggie Scheffer
    signed 2020-04-29 08:14:05 -0400
    Two of the three highest spills were in Iron County, amounting to 487,200 gallons, or 44% of total oil spilled in the U.P. EGLE should consider delaying review for the Enbridge Energy permit applications for the Straits of Mackinac Tunnel Project until it has been determined emergency and disaster conditions no longer exist and appropriate programs have been implemented to allow for full and proper public engagement, as required by law.
  • Alan Houser
    signed 2020-04-28 17:34:08 -0400
  • Jane Rapinchuk
    signed 2020-04-28 17:10:57 -0400
  • Faith Akert
    signed 2020-04-28 12:42:15 -0400
    Please do the right thing, planet earth is everyone’s home. Keep it safe.
  • Andrew Pumford
    signed 2020-04-28 11:20:47 -0400
  • Lynn Jenkins
    signed 2020-04-28 07:36:52 -0400
  • Dorothy Wolf
    signed 2020-04-27 12:05:57 -0400
    As horrible as the pandemic is, climate disruption is and will be even worse. Please, at least give people a chance to speak out!
  • Kathy Oppenhuizen
    signed 2020-04-27 10:19:02 -0400
  • Chase McGill
    signed 2020-04-26 20:59:33 -0400
  • Paula Denissen
    signed via 2020-04-26 20:41:26 -0400
  • Megan Noeske
    signed 2020-04-26 19:41:49 -0400
  • Harold Smith
    signed 2020-04-25 20:48:20 -0400
  • Barbara Groen
    signed 2020-04-25 20:38:14 -0400
  • David Benjamins
    signed 2020-04-25 17:23:55 -0400
  • James Lamb
    signed via 2020-04-25 12:36:14 -0400
  • Marisa Gies
    signed via 2020-04-25 09:55:33 -0400
  • Katherine Ross
    signed 2020-04-25 09:02:53 -0400
  • Ann Solano
    signed via 2020-04-25 08:35:22 -0400

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