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Last June, the preliminary Line 5 Alternatives Study was released, and more than 23,000 people submitted their comment calling for the shutdown of Line 5 as the only alternative that will truly protect the Great Lakes from an oil spill. The revised and final Alternatives Study has just been released, which has triggered a second comment period that is now open.

Prevent a Catastrophic Great Lakes Oil Spill

The deadline for public comments is December 22, 2017, so please sign on and submit your comment today via this online form. Let's prevent a devastating oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac.

To the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Agency for Energy, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Governor, Michigan Attorney General, and Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board:

I am writing to submit my official comment in response to the State of Michigan’s Line 5 final alternatives analysis dated October 26 and released on November 20. I am deeply disappointed in this final analysis. A draft alternatives report released in June was riddled with errors and omissions, and the final report contains most of the same failures.

This report fails to meet its overall purpose of “providing the State of Michigan and other interested parties with an independent, comprehensive analysis of alternatives to the existing Straits Pipelines, and the extent to which each alternative promotes the public health, safety, and welfare and protects the public trust resources of the Great Lakes.”

It lacks credibility because its author is Dynamic Risk, a firm with ties to Enbridge, the Canadian energy transport company that owns Line 5. Even worse, it absurdly underestimates the impact of a spill and ignores a viable alternative to Line 5 – use of existing infrastructure. An independent expert review in December 2015 documented the practicality of this alternative.

Decommissioning Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac is the only alternative that will prevent an oil spill with catastrophic consequences for the Great Lakes and the State of Michigan. Moreover, this final alternative report affirms that decommissioning is a feasible option with zero risks to the Great Lakes and minimal economic impacts to Michigan customers (e.g., two cents more at the gas pump and roughly 10 to 25 cents more for propane in the Upper Peninsula). 
It is time for the state to reject the flawed study, exercise its affirmative legal duty as public trustee of the Great Lakes and bottomlands, and shut down Line 5. The state should use that authority to revoke the 1953 easement agreement that Enbridge has consistently violated.

The risk of a spill is too great to allow Line 5 to continue to operate in the Great Lakes. Our state government should not put the Great Lakes, our economy, health, drinking water, fisheries, and way of life at risk from a catastrophic oil spill any longer. In fact, on November 16, the Coast Guard Coast commandant testified again to Congress that his agency is not prepared to clean up a large-scale pipeline oil spill in the Great Lakes.

I urge you to act as public trustees of our waters and bottomlands, enforce the easement in light of Enbridge’s ongoing violations, and begin the process of decommissioning Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac to protect the Great Lakes from a catastrophic oil spill. The State of Michigan has a legal duty to take this enforcement action. Enbridge’s ongoing violations cannot be remedied. It is time for the state to act decisively and with urgency.

Specifically, the report on alternatives to Line 5 in the Mackinac Straits:

  1. Fails to follow the recommendations and standards outlined in the Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force Report, which resulted from a process created by the governor and co-chaired by the attorney general, and therefore cannot be used by the State of Michigan “in making decisions about the future of the Straits Pipelines.”
  2. Neglects to provide the state with an independent, fair analysis of the alternatives to Line 5 as required by the Task Force Report. This final report remains biased toward allowing Line 5 to continue to operate and/or allowing Enbridge to build new oil infrastructure in the Straits of Mackinac and further expand its operations. That bias grows out of past, and potentially future, business relationships between Enbridge and the report’s authors.
  3. Fails to analyze existing pipeline infrastructure as an alternative to Line 5 in the Straits, which the state required Dynamic Risk to analyze, and leaving it out conflicts with Task Force recommendation 3 (b). It is unacceptable that the contractor eliminated this alternative without any analysis. The 1953 easement granted with strict conditions by the state to Enbridge does not guarantee transport of 540,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil and natural gas liquids. In fact, the 1953 MPSC Order states 300,000 bpd, which means Enbridge is currently operating Line 5 at 80 percent over design capacity. 
  4. Fails to analyze new evidence disclosed by Enbridge affecting the pipeline’s integrity, including external corrosion, 48 bare metal spots caused by the installation of screw anchors, compromised cathodic protection, and historic excessive pipeline spans greater than the 75-feet limit (including a 286-foot span that was unsupported for years), as required by the legal operating agreement with the State of Michigan. Dynamic Risk’s rationale, in part, is that "it would be inappropriate to speculate on any of the above aspects of the coating condition."
  5. Fails to consider tribal sovereign treaty rights and feedback on the basis that Dynamic Risk was not a party to tribal and state consultations, which is an unacceptable dismissal of input by a key stakeholder. 
  6. Grossly underestimates the total economic spill costs at between $147 million and $310 million, when Enbridge’s cleanup costs of its 2010 Line 6B pipeline oil spill along a 40-mile stretch of the Kalamazoo River cost more than $1.2 billion.
  7. Overestimates an impact to propane supply, greatly exceeding what independent experts have determined would be necessary to provide the Upper Peninsula’s Rapid River facility with an alternative supply. The flawed report finds that up to 35 railcars per week or 15 truckloads per day would be necessary, while another study found it would take only one railcar or 3 - 4 truckloads per day to replace the Line 5 propane supply to the U.P.
  8. Continues to show an unfair bias towards building a tunneled pipeline in the Mackinac Straits. The report estimates a much lower cost for a tunnel than other estimates for this type of infrastructure; it fails to consider the risk of a spill to the Great Lakes, rivers and streams from other portions of the 64-year-old pipeline if the Straits portion were rebuilt. Dynamic Risk prefers new pipelines, which was evident when the firm aggressively promoted building a tunnel in its proposal to do this report, and its analysis is deeply flawed.


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  • Nicholas Mouzourakis
    signed 2017-12-22 10:40:53 -0500
  • Leonard Kraska
    signed via 2017-12-22 10:40:15 -0500
    The impending rupture of # 5 Enbridge oil pipe line is an albatross hanging around the neck of Michigan’s G.O.P. The G.O.P. officials have been provided information regarding the obsolescence of this structure through lobbying efforts of various influential groups, public comment periods, and rallies throughout Michigan. Human beings, Voters, are aware of the collusion and exchange of gratuities between the G.O.P. officials and the Enbridge Corp.

    The G.O.P. stranglehold in the Michigan political arena will be terminated for years and will haunt them for decades like the ghosts of Scrooge. All because of greed and the lack of love for the pristine resources and quality of life our State of Michigan provides for it’s citizens and all who visit here to look, play and recreate in it’s Sacred Waters.

    Decommission Pipeline #5 Now.
  • Olivier Jolliet
    signed 2017-12-22 10:38:26 -0500
  • Faith Schoon
    signed 2017-12-22 10:38:19 -0500
    I am thankful that Michigan residents are being made aware of the risky pipelines in our cherished lake. Enbridge knows that pipeline #5 is not safe. this company is relying on analysis and reports from sources tied to the oil industry. I am asking that all the regulating agencies with jurisdiction in this matter please ask for independent reports and be proactive in protecting our lake. So much depends on making the right choices in this matter.
  • Sally Kellen
    signed 2017-12-22 10:35:32 -0500
    Protect our Great Lakes from oil spills.
  • Diane Ashley
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-12-22 10:35:07 -0500
    JOIN ME and tell the State of Michigan the only acceptable way to protect the Great Lakes is to SHUTDOWN LINE 5.
  • Diane Ashley
    signed via 2017-12-22 10:34:31 -0500
    I am concerned about our Great Lakes and water purity.Theres a pipeline that is in serious shape that should have been repaired before the extreme cold weather near the Machinaw Bridge that could erupt.Why did they wait until cold weather came.The weather starts getting cold sooner up north.I join the commitee on clean all the time.I love our lakes and to them poluted is sad.It gets real dirty down around Detroit and it’s sad.Lake Superior is as big as an Ocean and as deep and supplies many places with clean pure water.It is a shame people don’t care more.I love Michigan.
  • Bennett Mitchell
    signed 2017-12-22 10:34:28 -0500
    Closing down line will not effect our state or environment negatively – living it open will certainly will. Enbridge has shown itself to be devious, dishonest, and reckless with our precious resources. Line 5 must be shut down.
  • Jazmine Harvey
    signed 2017-12-22 10:33:53 -0500
    Jazmine Leilani Harvey Signed.
  • Adam Scott
    signed 2017-12-22 10:31:37 -0500
  • Irene Cotter
    signed 2017-12-22 10:31:27 -0500
    The time is LONG OVERDUE to shut down Pipeline 5. All of us, especially those who have the power to make this happen, have a responsibility to preserve Lake Michigan, one of our greatest national resources. We must do everything we can to avoid a catastrophic oil spill in the Straits!! We need to see ACTION!!
  • David Begg
    signed 2017-12-22 10:30:57 -0500
    PLEASE shutdown Line 5 BEFORE there is an oil spill.
  • Alonzo Hannaford
    signed 2017-12-22 10:30:04 -0500
    Michigan is a “water state.” Even our tourism motto encompasses our beautiful lakes. We are the Great Lake State! It is inconceivable that we would risk this irreplaceable resource simply for monetary greed. While the necessary petroleum industry exists, we can surely find a way to co-exist while protecting our waterways.
  • Edward English
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-12-22 10:28:50 -0500
    JOIN ME and tell the State of Michigan the only acceptable way to protect the Great Lakes is to SHUTDOWN LINE 5.
  • Gene Pluhar
    signed 2017-12-22 10:28:24 -0500
    Wehave been at this for so long, its not going to improve or become safer? DO WHATS RIGHT FOR OUR SAFETY! SHUT IT DOWN NOW!
  • Edward English
    signed 2017-12-22 10:28:09 -0500
    Enbridge has a long and distinguished track record of doing the wrong thing. It’s time to permanently shut down Line 5 – especially that part of Line 5 that traverses the Straits of Mackinac. Our natural resources are immeasurably more important than the well being of Enbridge. Governor Snyder and his colleagues need to start representing the best interests of the people.
  • Kaitlin Martin
    signed 2017-12-22 10:26:46 -0500
    There is enough verifiable information out there regarding the enormous risks you are taking by allowing this pipeline to remain open. At this point, if you do not shut down Line 5, you will be considered an enemy of this state. We are watching you. And we will remember.
  • Elissa Miller
    signed 2017-12-22 10:25:13 -0500
    It is time to fix this problem before a catastrophic emergency in the Great Lakes. Shut the line 5.
  • Mark Ringlever
    signed 2017-12-22 10:25:05 -0500
    Line 5 is the wrong solution with a potential high price to pay for your commitment to a short term business energy solution. This is your political and corporate ideals with monetarily based interests over that of the long term health of our state, its economy, and citizens (your constituents). Please reconsider Michigan’s state erroneous involvement.
  • Carolyn Lilly
    signed 2017-12-22 10:22:23 -0500
    Oil and our land should not be mixed. We need to work for a better future without oil and coal. Water is essential for life, therefore takes priority over oil profits.
  • Tom Talajkowski
    signed 2017-12-22 10:22:02 -0500
    Shut it down!
  • McKenzie Magee
    signed via 2017-12-22 10:20:41 -0500
  • Sylvia Walker
    signed 2017-12-22 10:20:09 -0500
  • Dale Scheiern
    signed 2017-12-22 10:19:57 -0500
    The spill on the Kalamazoo River should be warning enough of the overwhelming impact a spill has on our waterways. We cannot underestimate the disastrous reality that accompanies an oil spill in our WATER WONDERLAND. We need to develop alternatives to Line 5 that include decommissioning, and investment in Clean Energy. Our children, and the future of one of the Earth’s largest reservoirs of fresh water depend on responsible stewardship; not on profits for archaic, polluting energy sources
  • Margaret Humphreys
    signed 2017-12-22 10:18:33 -0500
    It is only a matter of time before Line 5 produces a leak that will sully Michigan’s greatest asset—its lakes. Prevent this catastrophe NOW!
  • Alexandra Cara
    signed 2017-12-22 10:18:16 -0500
  • Gary Yanasak
    signed 2017-12-22 10:17:40 -0500
  • Kevin O'Brien
    signed via 2017-12-22 10:16:30 -0500
    This is a disaster in the making, but we can still stop!
  • Steven Carpenter
    signed 2017-12-22 10:15:15 -0500
    steven carpenter The world’s largest fresh water supply deserve protection.
  • Keith Becker
    signed via 2017-12-22 10:12:44 -0500

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