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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  • Cathy Day
    signed 2020-04-09 08:16:52 -0400
  • Deborah Bailey
    signed 2020-04-09 08:16:36 -0400
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  • Robert Scott
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  • Mikann Thompson
    signed 2020-04-09 08:15:54 -0400
    Water is LIFE! We must protect it.
  • Matt Brundage II
    signed 2020-04-09 08:15:53 -0400
  • Thelma Godin
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    signed 2020-04-09 08:15:17 -0400
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    signed 2020-04-09 08:14:51 -0400
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  • Gene Chamapgne
    signed 2020-04-09 08:14:12 -0400
    Gene Champagne

    Public participation and government transparency did not go out the window with the current pandemic. Permits on projects of this magnitude need to put on hold until agencies are up and running at full capacity and the public has the the ability to participate live at hearings.
  • J S
    signed 2020-04-09 08:14:07 -0400
  • Johanna Worley
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    Johanna Worley
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  • Sabrina Garland
    signed 2020-04-09 08:12:38 -0400
  • Rochelle D Martinez
    signed 2020-04-09 08:12:28 -0400
    Governor Whitmer, the lessons of ignoring preparations for global pandemics must teach us of the parallel of the lesson of ignoring the protection of our waters. We MUST protect our Great Lakes!!
  • Lynne Hendricks
    signed 2020-04-09 08:11:18 -0400
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  • Mary Jo Walters
    signed 2020-04-09 08:10:45 -0400
    Mary Jo Walters
  • Dawne Santopietro
    signed 2020-04-09 08:10:36 -0400

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