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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  • Eli Potter
    signed 2020-04-09 08:04:57 -0400
  • Audrie Vandermolen
    signed 2020-04-09 08:04:47 -0400
  • Debra Kingsbury
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  • Mary Polonowskl
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  • Robert Martin
    signed 2020-04-09 08:04:33 -0400
    This permitting cannot be allowed to happen in the midst of this crisis, especially given that one year ago Gov. Whitmer’s attorney general successfully challenged the constitutionality of Public Act 359, which amended the Mackinaw Bridge Authority Law and opened the doors to building a tunnel to fix the unstable Pipe Line rather than decommission it….and right now the judicial system is also impacted by this crisis.
  • Sharon Popp
    signed 2020-04-09 08:04:21 -0400
  • Matt P
    signed 2020-04-09 08:04:17 -0400
    Please you ran on ending the pipeline! Follow through with your word!
  • Matt Markell
    signed 2020-04-09 08:03:52 -0400
    enbridge a f’ing Canadian axe hold criminals worse than the ones burying their f’ing trash in Michigan…they already criminally spilt in the Kalamazoo River…what more proof do u f’ing want…how long is the USA going let Canada walk all over us and constantly talk shat about us and pollute our land …f them
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  • Susan Allen
    @PoliticallyLib tweeted link to this page. 2020-04-09 08:00:56 -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=6875
  • Philip Young
    signed 2020-04-09 08:00:55 -0400

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