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.


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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  • Janet Darlington
    signed 2020-05-16 17:17:27 -0400
  • Patti Lennox
    signed 2020-05-15 20:46:33 -0400
    Patti Lennox
  • Marie Lloyd
    signed 2020-05-15 20:27:05 -0400
    A public health and economic crisis cannot create an unjust “opportunity” for Enbridge to shove through the review of permit applications for their proposed Straits of Mackinac Tunnel. At this time there is no way to allow for full and proper public engagement -as the law requires.
  • Ann Lockwood
    signed 2020-05-15 17:26:51 -0400
    Save our Great Lakes! Just ONE break in Line 5 could ruin our lakes FOREVER. Don’t let it happen!!!!
  • Judith Emerson
    signed 2020-05-15 11:16:35 -0400
    As a Texan who is very concerned about our nation’s clean water supply, I write today to protect one of the USA’s largest sources for this too quickly disappearing necessity for human life. Please do not allow Enbridge to endanger the integrity of either the waters or surrounding lands of the Straits of Macinac. Thank you for your time and attention to my concerns about the environment of The Great Lakes.
  • Hugh Hessler
    signed 2020-05-15 11:02:34 -0400
    We must stop them
  • Lorrie Douglas
    signed 2020-05-14 07:49:09 -0400
  • Heather L Holly
    signed 2020-05-13 19:28:19 -0400
    Heather Holly
  • Vickie Wellman
    signed 2020-05-13 19:07:56 -0400
  • Elizabeth Dover
    signed 2020-05-13 18:18:02 -0400
  • Robin Manningham
    signed 2020-05-13 16:31:52 -0400
  • Bill Hansen
    signed via 2020-05-13 15:59:10 -0400
    Shut down Line 5. Eliminate the risk it poses to the planet.
  • Timothy Parker
    signed 2020-05-13 14:51:29 -0400
  • Gail Ross
    signed 2020-05-13 13:02:28 -0400
    Gail Ross
  • Katy Whitehouse
    signed 2020-05-13 12:29:12 -0400
  • Pauline Mountain
    signed 2020-05-13 12:02:19 -0400
    Pauline Mountain as a former resident of Illinois and a lover of Lake Michigan, this is a bad idea, especially in an environment where there’s no economic value for shareholders and plenty of risk to the Lake.
  • Paul Gasser
    signed 2020-05-13 11:55:35 -0400
  • Jeffrey Watson
    signed 2020-05-13 11:54:29 -0400
    I live way out in WA. Yet this still pisses me off.
  • Kelly Kelly
    signed 2020-05-13 11:43:16 -0400
    Please do not subject beautiful Michigan to the leaks and damage we’ve experienced here in Nebraska. Our land, our aquifer, our air in the areas of the spills is ruined. You will permanently destroy what makes Michigan Michigan. Your name will forever be connected to this tragedy.
  • Steve and Julie Ashmead
    signed 2020-05-13 10:51:31 -0400
  • Zachary Smith
    signed 2020-05-13 10:11:20 -0400
  • Brandi Reinbold
    signed 2020-05-13 09:28:14 -0400
    Brandi Reinbold
  • Karen Miller
    signed 2020-05-13 09:04:46 -0400
  • Abby Shepard
    signed 2020-05-12 18:07:34 -0400
  • Carol Lynn Napora
    @CarolLynn86 tweeted link to this page. 2020-05-12 16:15:12 -0400
    Sign the petition: Stop @ Enbridge from taking advantage of the #COVID19 crisis to rush their oil tunnel permit https://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/stop_the_enbridge_crisis_end_run?recruiter_id=16309
  • Carol Lynn Napora
    signed 2020-05-12 16:14:49 -0400
    Water Is Life
  • Barbara Duross
    signed 2020-05-12 07:36:01 -0400
  • A2d2
    @A2D2InDivisible tweeted link to this page. 2020-05-11 14:00:25 -0400
    Sign the petition: Stop @ Enbridge from taking advantage of the COVID-19 crisis to rush their oil tunnel permit https://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/stop_the_enbridge_crisis_end_run?recruiter_id=62180
  • Alison Todak
    signed 2020-05-11 13:42:19 -0400
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    @abcclark tweeted link to this page. 2020-05-09 11:39:21 -0400
    Sign the petition: Stop @Enbridge from taking advantage of the #COVID-19 crisis to rush their oil tunnel permit #keepitintheground https://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/stop_the_enbridge_crisis_end_run?recruiter_id=78052

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