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Write a Letter to the EditorGovernor Snyder and Attorney General Schuette must act on their legal duty as public trustees to immediately shut down the oil flowing through the aging Enbridge Line 5 pipeline in the Mackinac Straits just west of the Mackinac Bridge.

Michigan’s top elected officials should act with urgency to prevent a catastrophic oil spill and protect the Great Lakes and our state’s interests, including local businesses, the “Pure Michigan” economy, commercial shipping, a vital fishery, and the drinking water supply for local communities including St. Ignace and Mackinac Island.

Schuette acknowledges that Line 5 is a relic that would never be approved by today’s standards. In fact, Enbridge admitted that 62-year-old Line 5 in the Mackinac Straits is past its life expectancy, and that a best-case cleanup of a worst-cast oil spill would recover only 30 percent of the oil spilled.

Bottom line: Oil pipelines simply don’t belong in the Great Lakes. It’s time to Shut Down Line 5!

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  • Scott Kelley
    endorsed 2018-08-29 10:46:22 -0400
    I recently wrote Lee Chatfield.

    his responce.


    Rep. Lee Chatfield (District 107)

    9:44 AM (56 minutes ago)

    to me


    Good Morning Scott,



    We recently heard back from the Michigan Public Service Commission regarding potential revenue received by the state from Enbridge Line 5. They informed us that the State does not receive compensation from the easement granted for Line 5. However, they believe some local governments may receive local taxes from the pipeline company. These taxes would vary from each local government based on a number of different factors.



    I trust that this information is helpful to you. Thanks again for taking the time to voice your thoughts and bring up this question. I appreciate your insight.



    Sincerely,




    The Office of State Representative Lee Chatfield


    Speaker Pro Tempore


    Michigan House of Representatives – 107th District


    Office: (517) 373-2629


    P.O. Box 30014


    Lansing, MI 48909





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    Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 9:23 AM

    To: Rep. Lee Chatfield (District 107)

    Subject: Chatfield Contact Form – gophouse.org



    Name: : Scott W Kelley

    Street_Address: : 5008 Rosada St

    City: : Petoskey

    ZIP: : 49770

    Email: : mrscottwkelley@gmail.com

    Phone_Number: : 2313480797

    I_would_like_my_email_added_to_the_District_Newsletter_Mailing_List_ : yes

    Message: : I am writing in concern about the pipeline 5 issue. I would like you to know that I support a complete shut down to the pipeline that runs through our Great State that obviously the state feels is a okay and will never have an issue and if it does the money will fix it. I am sorry to say that this state has lost enough and to place all Michigan Citizens at a Risk level for another Man Made Disaster like Flint where there is no Federal funding because our state allowed it. I can say like most that the day it does happen I will leave like everyone else because it will not be safe to live here. Our Fisheries are hurting, we can’t eat the fish today because of all the heavy metal leaching going on still in unregulated mines in the UP. I would hope to hear a different tone from all legeslators when it comes to the public, the people, the owners but not a company.who is writing your doctrine to vote on. I wrote you when you were first elected about the price of car insurance and you patronized me well enough to agree with me not do a darn thing about it, I still pay the highest premium in the country…come on do something for once and stand up for me, please. I fought for you once so you could do this, so do something that is right and not so wrong. Most people understand that you got special treatment at Pellston, anyone of said, if that were me they would have thrown away the key, you are lucky, so do something that is right for me, start changing things for the better before we want to leave this state we call home but someone else owns and rules over. Remove the Queens oil please! This is how I feel, sorry but not. But in 1980 to 1982 I was told like many how we were in an oil crisis and here 58000 barrels lie in a pipe at any given time running through the United States, through our State and we were at an oil crisis. I urge you to go back and fix this mess and make it right. If you could answer one question most of us want to know is How Much Money Does the State and Federal agencies get for allowing this oil to flow through our land? A dollar figure will be nice and I would also like to know how the money is used and for what, because I am still paying taxes


    SO I looked a little further to see who needs to be asked the million dollar question.


    16309 Headlands Rd, Mackinaw City, MI 49701

    Where Enbridge enters Emmet County and the City of Mackinaw.


    Next meeting where the question can be asked, how much revenue do you Get?

    http://mackinawcity.org/government/edc


    Has this been done yet?
  • Diana Barker
    endorsed 2017-10-19 05:06:11 -0400
  • Polly Schlaff
    endorsed 2017-08-15 19:21:45 -0400
    My letter was published today (8/15/17) in the Manistee News Advocate. It was a response to a letter by John Williams, the chairman of Western Land Services, Inc. in which he advocated for keeping Pipeline 5. http://news.pioneergroup.com/manisteenews/2017/08/14/polly-schlaff-pipeline-5s-risks-far-outweigh-benefits/
  • Lily Ellis
    endorsed 2016-11-12 19:30:43 -0500
    Set to the Purple Walrus Press


    I’m very concerned that the decaying Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline here in Michigan is not getting enough attention. Attorney General Schuette admitted the pipeline would not be approved by current standards. Cleaning up an oil spill from this out-dated line would be a nightmare. Enbrige might sound familiar to you; another Enbridge pipeline spilled in Kalamazoo in 2010 and impacted about 25 miles of shoreline. An oil spill in the Great Lakes would be devastating to all sorts of people, including tourism and drinking water. This 62-year-old pipeline needs to be shut down! If you agree, sign this petition: http://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/enforce_the_easement (information from oilandwaterdontmix.org)


    Sent to the Eastern Echo!



    I’m very concerned that the decaying Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline here in Michigan is not getting enough attention. Michigan’s top elected officials should act with urgency to prevent a catastrophic oil spill and protect the Great Lakes and our state’s interests, including local businesses, the “Pure Michigan” economy, commercial shipping, a vital fishery, and the drinking water supply for local communities including St. Ignace and Mackinac Island. Attorney General Schuette acknowledges that Line 5 is a relic that would never be approved by today’s standards. In fact, Enbridge admitted that 62-year-old Line 5 in the Mackinac Straits is past its life expectancy, and that a best-case cleanup of a worst-case oil spill would recover only 30 percent of the oil spilled.

    Bottom line: Oil pipelines simply don’t belong in the Great Lakes. It’s time to Shut Down Line 5! If you agree, sign this petition: http://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/enforce_the_easement"><a href=“”http://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/enforce_the_easement">http://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/enforce_the_easement">http://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/enforce_the_easement (information from oilandwaterdontmix.org

    Thank you,

    Lily Ellis
  • Gregg Bruff
    endorsed 2016-02-03 09:37:31 -0500
    Dear Editor:


    The Daily Press

    600 Ludington St.

    Escanaba, MI 49829


    Imagine one day visiting Aronson Island for a picnic and discovering a slick of oil covering Lake Michigan’s surface, the beach and shoreline. Though we live over one hundred miles from Enbridge Co’s. Line 5, there are many Michigan residents who, like us could experience such a disaster. Line 5 is not required to keep Michigan supplied with oil as land based lines through Wisconsin could fill the need.


    Governor Snyder and Attorney General Schuette must act on their legal duty as public trustees to immediately shut down the oil flowing through the aging Enbridge Line 5 pipeline in the Mackinac Straits just west of the Mackinac Bridge to prevent a catastrophic oil spill and protect the Great Lakes and our state’s interests, including local businesses, the “Pure Michigan” economy, commercial shipping, a vital fishery, and the drinking water supply for local communities including St. Ignace and Mackinac Island.


    Schuette acknowledges that Line 5 is a relic that would never be approved by today’s standards. In fact, Enbridge admitted that 62-year-old Line 5 in the Mackinac Straits is past its life expectancy, and that a best-case cleanup of a worst-cast oil spill would recover only 30 percent of the oil spilled.


    Every day, nearly 23 million gallons of oil flow through two aging pipelines in the heart of the Great Lakes, just west of the Mackinac Bridge. Built in 1953 during the Eisenhower administration, the two 20-inch-in-diameter “Line 5” pipelines owned by Canadian company Enbridge, Inc., lie exposed in the water at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac.


    The pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac cross one of the most ecologically sensitive areas in the world. The Great Lakes are home to 20 percent of the fresh surface water on the planet. The pristine Straits area supports bountiful fisheries, provides drinking water to thousands of people, and anchors a thriving tourism industry with historic and beautiful Mackinac Island right in the center of it all. This area is the definition of Pure Michigan.


    On July 10, 2014, the National Wildlife Federation released an important new computer simulation that demonstrates clearly what could happen if there were an oil spill at the Mackinac Straits. The video simulation, produced by researchers at the University of Michigan, shows how devastating an oil spill beneath the Straits of Mackinac would be for the Great Lakes, wildlife, and area communities. The animation shows that if a major oil spill occurs, oil could reach popular tourist destinations like Mackinac Island, blanket 50 miles of Lake Huron shoreline, and reach Lake Michigan landmarks such as Beaver Island.


    “If you were to pick the worst possible place for an oil spill in the Great Lakes, this would be it,” said David Schwab, Ph.D., research scientist at the University of Michigan Water Center, one of the foremost experts on Great Lakes water currents, and creator of the animation. “The currents are powerful and change directions frequently. In the event of an oil spill, these factors would lead to a big mess that would be very difficult to contain.”


    Please urge our elected officials to call for the shutting down of Line 5 before it is too late. For more information, see: www.oilandwaterdontmix.org.


    Gregg Bruff

    620 S., 8th St.

    Escanaba, MI 49829

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