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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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  • Denise Akom
    signed via 2017-12-22 12:54:50 -0500
    The Great Lakes are to precious.

    A spill is not worth the risk. Remove the pipeline.
  • Ralph Tuscher
    signed 2017-12-22 12:54:33 -0500
    Governor Snyder, Either you are with the millions of people who rely on the Great Lakes for clean drinking water and recreation, or you are a paid Enbridge corporate lackey. Just like all Republicans in the country are paid corporate lackeys. Shut down line 5!
  • Sally Park
    signed 2017-12-22 12:54:08 -0500
    Shut down line 5
  • Jane Bergman
    signed 2017-12-22 12:50:49 -0500
    Michigan has a moral responsibility to protect the water’s of the Great Lakes. Knowing the catastrophic disaster that would result from an oil spill, we should eliminate all risks and shut down Line 5 immediately.
  • Patrick Nolan
    signed 2017-12-22 12:50:09 -0500
    Stop Line 5!!!!
  • Hope Vollmer
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-12-22 12:44:15 -0500
    JOIN ME and tell the State of Michigan the only acceptable way to protect the Great Lakes is to SHUTDOWN LINE 5.
  • Tammy Kussmaul
    signed 2017-12-22 12:41:48 -0500
    Governor Snyder, Don’t let this be your second failure to keep the water of Michigan safe. Do your due diligence and reject the flawed study. The risk is too great and the costs are to high to move forward with this dangerous project. Haven’t you poisoned enough people in our state already? Please do NOT ignore our cries.
  • Pat Myers
    signed 2017-12-22 12:41:43 -0500
    Shut Line 5 down! Enbridge has proved to us they cannot be trusted.
  • Pat Myers
    followed this page 2017-12-22 12:40:51 -0500
  • Judith Black
    signed 2017-12-22 12:40:10 -0500
    I don’t think that there has never been a pipeline that has not had some type of leak. More significantly, we are destroying our planet with fossil fuels. All resources must be put into renewable energy.
  • Thomas Van Dis
    signed 2017-12-22 12:39:55 -0500
    The Great Lakes are natural resources that are unique in the world. It’s unacceptable to take any risk of an oil leak in these waters. Line 5 is in anachronism; a vestige of the kind of thinking that was common decades ago when environmental factors were not considered or under appreciated in business and governmental decisions. Our state and our country have paid a heavy price for that kind of thinking. We have come a long way toward including environmental considerations in business and governmental decisions for projects like pipelines. Allowing line 5 to continue to operate in our great legs would be a dangerous step backwards. Please don’t let this happen. History will hold you accountable for a spill that damages this precious resource.
  • NIgel Pitman
    signed 2017-12-22 12:37:25 -0500
    My two daughters and I rely on Lake Michigan for everything that makes life in the Midwest worth living: swimming, boating, friendship, beauty, and inspiration. It is also the source of our drinking water. I ask you to do everything in your power to prevent pollution in the Great Lakes. Today that means shutting down Line 5 now before it causes a serious environmental disaster. Thank you
  • Mary Heffron
    signed 2017-12-22 12:31:05 -0500
    Shut down Line 5. Don’t play dirty with our Great Lakes.
  • Nancy Belanger-Iott
    signed 2017-12-22 12:29:38 -0500
    Water is life. Literally.

    WHEN Line 5 fails. It threatens millions of peoples drinking water, tourism disappears, the ecosystem fails.

    We don’t need dirty oil flowing through our state.

    The 21st century technology for clean renewable energy exists.

    Are your allegiances with the people of Michigan or Enbridge?

    Shut down Line 5
  • Michael Kahn
    signed 2017-12-22 12:24:18 -0500
    Common sense or dollars and cents. Please shut it down.
  • Nancy Cohn
    signed 2017-12-22 12:23:28 -0500
  • Ralph Hunt
    signed 2017-12-22 12:23:19 -0500
    i want all that republicans do stopped and this too and don’t have time to read or donate but it all is ridiculous what they are doing in the republican party criminal and should be held liable for it all
  • Nancy Murray
    signed 2017-12-22 12:23:10 -0500
    There is no benefit to this pipeline that outweighs the terrible risk of polluting our beautiful fresh water. There simply must be a better, less potentially dangerous way to transport this oil. How can a company that has ties to Enbridge be expected to offer an unbiased assessment? Not acceptable!
  • Courtney Leestma
    signed 2017-12-22 12:21:20 -0500
  • Jane Kirkeby
    signed 2017-12-22 12:18:42 -0500
    Decommissioning Line 5 is the only way to keep Lake Michigan/Lake Huron Sade and that must be done!
  • Paul Little
    signed 2017-12-22 12:16:01 -0500
    Shut down Line 5!
  • Ann Krantz
    signed 2017-12-22 12:15:27 -0500
    It is insane to risk polluting the waters of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron and who knows what else by allowing the continued use of this aged pipeline
  • Roberta Meserve
    signed 2017-12-22 12:14:09 -0500
    We would not consider putting a pipeline on the bottom of Lake Michigan or in a tunnel below Lake Michigan today (would we?), so why keep an aging pipeline there that is coming from and going to Canada? Our benefit is not any where near the risk of oil in our drinking water (is it?). Please, please, please do not allow the inevitable to happen. We must move toward clean energy and away from fossil fuels, then risks of a pipeline in the future will not matter because we will begin the task of decommioning them all. For now, the important issue is preventing oil from entering the Great Lakes, which is the most important resource of Michigna. Lean on Snyder and Schuette please and help them make the right decision.


    Berta Meserve
  • Sam DiMaio
    signed 2017-12-22 12:13:33 -0500
    The risk is just too great. This is our drinking water that also supports billions of dollars in tourism. Please shut this line down now.
  • Charles Knappen
    signed 2017-12-22 12:13:02 -0500
    Pipe line #5 under the Straits of Mackinaw needs to shut down. If the pipe ruptured we would have a major contamination in the worlds largest body of fresh water. Please protect our water and our State by shutting down this pipe line.
  • Shirley Wald
    signed 2017-12-22 12:12:37 -0500
  • Kate Laramie
    signed 2017-12-22 12:12:19 -0500
  • Elizabeth Turf
    signed 2017-12-22 12:04:11 -0500
  • Doug Trevethan
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-12-22 12:01:19 -0500
    JOIN ME and tell the State of Michigan the only acceptable way to protect the Great Lakes is to SHUTDOWN LINE 5.
  • Douglas Trevethan
    signed 2017-12-22 12:00:50 -0500
    This report is, simply criminal. I expect my legislators to protect the citizens and resources of Michigan – not to sell them out. Shut down the pipeline NOW!

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