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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  • Ruth Callahan
    signed 2020-04-09 08:53:23 -0400
    Canada needs to have the risk of the pipeline in their country not through our fresh water sources.
  • Nancy Bedell
    signed 2020-04-09 08:52:36 -0400
  • Barbara Stamiris
    signed 2020-04-09 08:52:32 -0400
    Not only Michigan, but the world, needs protection of the Great Lakes waters to be a top priority at this time. You must not only stop Enbridge efforts to permit a tunnel, you must stop the flow of oil through the aged pipeline that the tunnel plan allows. Use emergency powers to prevent a disaster that threatens 20% of the world freshwater, because only you can ,
  • Olivia Nicozisis
    signed 2020-04-09 08:52:30 -0400
  • Zoe Markle
    signed 2020-04-09 08:52:13 -0400
  • Dawn Casella
    signed 2020-04-09 08:52:07 -0400
  • Trent Tomlinson
    signed 2020-04-09 08:51:56 -0400
    The risk versus benefit for the state of Michigan is just too high!
  • Judith Detert-Moriarty
    signed 2020-04-09 08:51:53 -0400
  • Mary Abbott
    signed 2020-04-09 08:51:48 -0400
  • David Gillie
    signed 2020-04-09 08:51:28 -0400
  • Victoria Gershon
    signed 2020-04-09 08:50:41 -0400
  • Jeffery Anderson
    signed 2020-04-09 08:50:40 -0400
    ENBRIDGE is currently running tv commercials stating the cost of propane will be unaffordable for MICHIGAN residents in the upper penninesula if this pipeline is deactivated under the straits of MACKINAW. they are trying to convince the public this pipeline is safe which just isnt true.
  • Brenda Goode
    signed 2020-04-09 08:50:33 -0400
  • Barbara Stow
    signed 2020-04-09 08:50:30 -0400
    If ever there was a time to prevent a next disaster & help protect that which needs & deserves protection it’s our precious Great Lakes water. This is it & the time is now. Thank you for your help!
  • Mike Passalacqua
    signed 2020-04-09 08:50:20 -0400
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    signed 2020-04-09 08:47:27 -0400
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    signed 2020-04-09 08:47:17 -0400

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