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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  • Albert Evans
    signed 2020-04-20 16:36:44 -0400
  • Diane Bowman
    signed 2020-04-20 15:50:40 -0400
  • Jesse Dionne
    signed 2020-04-20 15:18:07 -0400
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  • Scott Therrien
    signed 2020-04-20 14:29:23 -0400
  • Janice Tomlian
    signed 2020-04-20 14:00:07 -0400
  • Mark And Barbara Trombly
    signed 2020-04-20 13:49:12 -0400
    This is CRUCIAL. Michigan is the greatest GREAT LAKES STATE. How we ever allowed this travesty to exist in the first place must have involved a lot of prostitution to business and lobbyists. It must stop, now. The greed and destruction and using the terrible pandemic as an agenda to advance their palm greasing must end.
  • Diane Sevald
    signed 2020-04-20 13:38:03 -0400
  • Jane Schneider
    signed 2020-04-20 13:26:44 -0400
  • Jordan Tallman
    signed 2020-04-20 13:26:00 -0400
  • sally palmer
    signed via 2020-04-20 13:19:28 -0400
  • John Donahue
    signed 2020-04-20 13:05:53 -0400
  • Nicholas Mouzourakis
    signed 2020-04-20 12:20:39 -0400
    Nicholas Mouzourakis
  • Sean Clark
    signed 2020-04-20 11:53:40 -0400
  • Carina Easley-Appleyard
    signed 2020-04-20 11:16:08 -0400
  • James Stover
    signed 2020-04-20 10:55:09 -0400
    Stop the pipe line, Shut Down Line Five
  • John Renfrew
    signed 2020-04-20 10:53:35 -0400
  • Mary Brigid Clingman
    signed 2020-04-20 10:37:05 -0400
  • Mark Boik
    signed 2020-04-20 10:35:19 -0400
  • Jennifer Armstrong
    signed 2020-04-20 10:22:07 -0400
  • Ron Collins
    signed 2020-04-20 10:14:42 -0400
  • Jess Mohler
    signed 2020-04-20 10:11:00 -0400
    Jess Mohler
  • Carole Jones
    signed 2020-04-20 10:08:55 -0400
    Please do not allow this to happen. It’s puts us in danger. Thanks Governor
  • Corey Leon
    signed 2020-04-20 09:04:19 -0400
  • Shelly Eddington
    signed via 2020-04-20 08:19:42 -0400
  • Charlene Biessel
    signed 2020-04-20 08:02:35 -0400
  • Lynn marson
    signed 2020-04-20 07:52:41 -0400
  • Stephen Culbertson
    signed 2020-04-20 07:15:41 -0400
    Stephen Culbertson
  • Maureen Loftus
    signed via 2020-04-20 06:53:54 -0400
    I voted for you because you said you would shut down line 5 and protect our fresh water Great Lakes. Now do it! If there is a spill it’s your fault, take action! You can stop this disaster from happening.
  • Julie Wagner
    signed 2020-04-20 06:40:21 -0400
    I am proud you are our governor, please keep working for the State of Michigan.
  • Karen Godfrey
    signed 2020-04-20 06:38:10 -0400

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