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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  • Hannah Thomas
    signed 2020-04-09 08:40:49 -0400
  • E Paxson
    signed 2020-04-09 08:40:27 -0400
    Please don’t let the Trump administration use the pandemic as an excuse to destroy our waters and the environment.
  • Gabbie Buendia
    signed 2020-04-09 08:40:05 -0400
  • Jim Head
    signed 2020-04-09 08:39:51 -0400
  • Monica Knowles
    signed 2020-04-09 08:39:18 -0400
  • Julie Martinson
    signed 2020-04-09 08:38:49 -0400
  • Julia Chambers
    signed 2020-04-09 08:38:34 -0400
    This pipeline tunnel is not an option! It would take too long to build…risking a spill in the Great Lakes! We don’t need more fossil fuels ….break away from them…
  • John McMillan
    signed 2020-04-09 08:38:33 -0400
  • Jane Koski
    signed 2020-04-09 08:38:29 -0400
  • Deanna Bieze
    signed 2020-04-09 08:38:20 -0400
  • Julie Smith
    signed 2020-04-09 08:38:13 -0400
  • Nancy Gallardo
    signed 2020-04-09 08:38:08 -0400
    The history of failed pipelines and cover-ups are well documented they are true history of Enbridge. The oil that runs through Line 5 is not essential to the state if Michigan, its only purpose is to line the pockets of Enbridge and their stock holders. Michigan values its Great Lakes far above the greed of any foreign oil company. Enbridge has already damage Michigan waterwaters, enough is enough. No permits. No tunnel SHUT DOWN LINE 5.
  • Patricia Serafini
    signed 2020-04-09 08:37:52 -0400
  • Vera Pszenyczny
    signed 2020-04-09 08:37:40 -0400
  • Catherine Maltby
    signed via 2020-04-09 08:37:39 -0400
  • Daniel Kosuth
    signed 2020-04-09 08:37:26 -0400
  • Dave Duffield
    signed 2020-04-09 08:37:04 -0400
  • Richard Scott
    signed 2020-04-09 08:36:49 -0400
    In times of plague or war there are those who profiteer. Stop this run
  • Carl Landwehr
    signed 2020-04-09 08:36:33 -0400
  • Beverly Dillon
    signed 2020-04-09 08:36:19 -0400
  • Mona Kattini
    signed 2020-04-09 08:36:19 -0400
    Mona Kattini
  • Barbara Davis
    signed 2020-04-09 08:36:17 -0400
  • Craig VanSumeren
    signed 2020-04-09 08:36:16 -0400
    Tourism is too important to risk a spill in the Great Lakes. Please shut down Line 5 now. Thank you.
  • Jessie Collins
    signed via 2020-04-09 08:35:07 -0400
  • Richard Barron
    signed 2020-04-09 08:34:54 -0400
  • Ann Krantz
    signed 2020-04-09 08:34:41 -0400
  • Carolyn Thayer
    signed 2020-04-09 08:34:21 -0400
  • Amber Stilson
    signed 2020-04-09 08:33:39 -0400
  • Richard and Brenda Averill
    signed 2020-04-09 08:33:22 -0400
  • Gail Lockhart
    signed 2020-04-09 08:33:08 -0400
    One reason we voted for you is so that you would protect the environment . Now is the time for you to PROTECT our environment !

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