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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  • Jessica Walz
    @walzgreen tweeted link to this page. 2020-04-09 08:27:12 -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=45141
  • Dave Kosikowski
    signed 2020-04-09 08:27:10 -0400
  • Jessica Walz
    signed 2020-04-09 08:26:56 -0400
  • Dennis Novak
    signed 2020-04-09 08:26:54 -0400
  • Lynn Higgs
    signed 2020-04-09 08:26:47 -0400
  • Nicholas Bell
    signed 2020-04-09 08:26:43 -0400
  • Jim Becklund
    signed 2020-04-09 08:26:26 -0400
  • Roger Benter
    signed 2020-04-09 08:26:21 -0400
    Please Stop This Company from This Totally Wrong Pricess and SHUT LINE 5 DOWN FOREVER
  • Harvinderjit Saran
    signed 2020-04-09 08:26:12 -0400
  • Kenneth Wright
    signed 2020-04-09 08:25:57 -0400
  • Ronald Martineau
    signed 2020-04-09 08:25:49 -0400
  • Caroline de Mauriac
    signed 2020-04-09 08:25:14 -0400
    This current global pandemic, make no mistake, has causes in human destruction of the environment. Any further development of completely unnecessary fossil fuel infrastructure will guarantee deeper and more profound disasters on a global scale. Stop the madness. Only permit investment in a sustainable energy future.
  • Dan Kelly
    signed 2020-04-09 08:24:58 -0400
    Pipeline decisions or action should not even be considered until the COVID crisis is over, even if that’s months from now.
  • Michael Baird
    signed 2020-04-09 08:24:38 -0400
  • Eric Strickler
    signed 2020-04-09 08:24:17 -0400
  • Suzanne Ohmit
    signed 2020-04-09 08:24:08 -0400
  • Beverly Finlayson
    signed 2020-04-09 08:23:59 -0400
  • Robert Wallick
    signed 2020-04-09 08:23:58 -0400
    Gov. Whitmer you promised to shut Line5 down when you ran for office. DO IT NOW!!!
  • Kim Hartwig
    signed 2020-04-09 08:23:47 -0400
  • Constance Chiodini
    signed 2020-04-09 08:23:19 -0400
  • Michael Schulz
    signed 2020-04-09 08:22:48 -0400
  • Susan Callahan
    signed 2020-04-09 08:22:35 -0400
  • John Crawford
    signed 2020-04-09 08:22:30 -0400
  • Gary Cheadle
    signed 2020-04-09 08:22:25 -0400
    This is so important for so many reasons.

    Thank you for doing what’s right.
  • Susan Stevenson
    signed 2020-04-09 08:22:23 -0400
  • Mary Netzky
    signed 2020-04-09 08:22:18 -0400
    The building of the tunnel is a huge undertaking that will impact our state for generations to come, perhaps for its detriment. Isn’t it worth it to take our time and weigh the consequences after we have had a chance to deal with our current emergency? It is more likely that we will make good choices when we are not bombarded with too many pressures at once.
  • Carol Koehler
    signed 2020-04-09 08:22:16 -0400
  • John Bedick
    signed 2020-04-09 08:22:01 -0400
  • Rick Dahlstrom
    signed 2020-04-09 08:21:48 -0400
  • Paul Thoma
    signed 2020-04-09 08:21:37 -0400
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