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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  • Kay brainerd
    signed 2020-04-25 07:27:23 -0400
  • Barb McRae
    signed 2020-04-24 21:26:14 -0400
    Barb McRae
  • Margaret Gould
    signed via 2020-04-24 16:00:53 -0400
  • Tamara Meyers
    signed via 2020-04-24 14:19:45 -0400
  • Michael Bellinger
    signed via 2020-04-24 14:04:43 -0400
  • Sue Sweeney
    signed via 2020-04-24 13:51:45 -0400
    Enbridge will keep pushing and try anything to get what they want at a huge potential risk and cost to Michigan, both environmentally and financially. This time they’re trying to sneak in the back door – shows you just what kind of scruples they have and what you can expect in the future
  • Barbara Spring
    signed via 2020-04-24 12:24:47 -0400
    Barbara Spring
  • Raymond Abraham
    signed via 2020-04-24 12:19:21 -0400
  • Renee Russell
    signed 2020-04-24 10:51:26 -0400
  • c petrick
    signed 2020-04-24 10:42:52 -0400
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  • Michael Mcdonald
    @atfdmike tweeted link to this page. 2020-04-24 10:37:20 -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=7483
  • Michael Mcdonald
    signed via 2020-04-24 10:36:56 -0400
  • Ann Swaney
    signed 2020-04-24 10:20:44 -0400
    Important that you listen to citizens of your state in regard to this important environmental issue. Please delay this review of permit applications until there is more time to evaluate this critical issue. You don’t want to be the governor who is responsible for a possible disaster at the straits.
  • Constance Metcalf
    signed 2020-04-24 08:53:17 -0400
  • Sue Dionne
    signed 2020-04-24 08:41:31 -0400
  • David Steele
    signed 2020-04-23 21:39:40 -0400
  • Andrea Baier-Petiet
    signed 2020-04-23 20:06:04 -0400
  • Alicia Chiaravalli
    signed 2020-04-23 09:27:24 -0400
  • David Borcean
    signed 2020-04-23 01:53:10 -0400
    David Borcean
  • Jessica Bailey
    signed 2020-04-22 22:14:27 -0400
    Jessica Bailey
  • Denise Fry
    signed 2020-04-22 20:33:58 -0400
  • Nancy Cap
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  • Michael Mack
    signed 2020-04-22 19:29:01 -0400
  • David Koetje
    signed via 2020-04-22 19:23:10 -0400
  • Roberta Meserve
    signed 2020-04-22 19:08:42 -0400
    This tunnel is not essential for the US. It’s a Canadian company. We are using less gas right now with COVID-19 so the need for this is not there right now plus we need to move toward green energy so the need for this tunnel will be less and less in the next 5-10 years.
  • Asher Strayhorn
    signed 2020-04-22 18:13:15 -0400
    Asher Strayhorn
  • Bonnie Dankert
    signed via 2020-04-22 17:15:34 -0400
  • Kim Gabriele
    signed 2020-04-22 15:57:58 -0400
  • Kenneth Piers
    signed 2020-04-22 15:46:11 -0400
    Kenneth Piers
  • Chris Harris
    signed 2020-04-22 14:12:11 -0400

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