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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  • Renee Reynolds
    signed 2020-04-09 08:32:57 -0400
  • James Grant
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  • John Machowicz
    @MichDems tweeted link to this page. 2020-04-09 08:32:20 -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=56775
  • Sarah Morrison
    signed 2020-04-09 08:32:02 -0400
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    signed 2020-04-09 08:31:53 -0400
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    signed 2020-04-09 08:31:11 -0400
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    signed 2020-04-09 08:30:49 -0400
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    signed 2020-04-09 08:30:43 -0400
  • Melissa Hamp
    signed via 2020-04-09 08:30:13 -0400
  • Beverly Barna
    signed 2020-04-09 08:29:52 -0400
  • Laurie VanHorn
    signed 2020-04-09 08:29:52 -0400
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  • Karen Van Doorne
    signed 2020-04-09 08:29:46 -0400
  • Trudi Cooper
    signed 2020-04-09 08:29:30 -0400
  • Mary Spence
    signed 2020-04-09 08:29:30 -0400
  • Timothy Marschner
    signed 2020-04-09 08:29:29 -0400
    It is time to protect Michigan and it’s citizens. Not the pockets of a international company.
  • Linda Koon
    signed 2020-04-09 08:29:19 -0400
    From your actions early on, you have shown you take this health crisis very seriously. Please add this great concern to the the others. Protect the people of Michigan by freezing Enbridge permits until all are safe to assemble
  • Bruce Raymond
    signed 2020-04-09 08:28:50 -0400
    Not convinced the tunnel will be good enough to avoid a major mess!
  • Phillip Stinson
    signed 2020-04-09 08:28:42 -0400
  • Samantha Pasmab
    signed 2020-04-09 08:28:42 -0400
  • James Hallock
    signed 2020-04-09 08:28:35 -0400
    It is my belief that the tunnel should not be built and that Line 5 needs to be shut down.
  • Gayle Larson
    signed 2020-04-09 08:28:22 -0400
  • Don Camp
    signed 2020-04-09 08:27:48 -0400

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