Shut Down Line 5 - Michigan Interfaith Power & Light

Shut Down Line 5

The Line 5 Pipeline poses an unreasonable risk to our Great Lakes and should be decommissioned. For lots more information, check out Oil & Water Don't Mix.

Faith leaders hand delivered this letter to the Governor's Office on April 23, 2018. 

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Dear Gov. Snyder and Attorney General Schuette,

As people of many faiths, we are called by the Creator to guide and lead others to love and care for each other and all of creation. Therefore, we ask that you respond carefully and quickly to an issue which is of grave importance to the entire Great Lakes ecosystem and our communities within the Basin.

Members of our faith communities have indicated growing concern over the lack of adequate upkeep and question the necessity of continuing operation of the Enbridge Pipeline 5. This 65-year-old pipeline, which runs over and through the entire State of Michigan, is showing signs of decomposition and has a history of 29 documented leaks totaling over 1 million gallons. The line’s rising potential for rupture jeopardizes the future water quality, ecosystem health, commercial fisheries, tourism, and livelihood of those across and beyond Michigan.

We call upon you, our elected leaders, to uphold the principle of the Public Trust Doctrine, wherein the people of Michigan have the inalienable right to the preservation, use and protection of the waters of the Great Lakes. This doctrine affirms that no private, public or commercial use shall harm the waters of the Great Lakes by materially reducing the flow, changing levels, or polluting the waters of the Great Lakes Basin. This principle aligns with our call as people of faith and citizens of the world to assure the right stewardship of our waters. Simply put, it is our belief that the Great Lakes are not an appropriate place to transport crude oil and it is our right as citizens to demand that this practice cease.

We share with scores of Michiganders their concerns about a growing threat of a spill, vague safety tests, and piecemeal repair each time pipe degradation is observed. These are not solutions to the problem, but a band-aid at best. For all the risk that Line 5 poses to Michigan and the Great Lakes Region, the benefits are few. The public has been crying out for this Line to be closed for almost a decade and easements across tribal lands expired in 2013.

As representatives of thousands of voices across Michigan we demand that you:

  • Initiate decommissioning of the pipeline NOW and decline the building of any more underwater lines in the Great Lakes Basin.
  • Stop using the “loss of propane” as a scare tactic and make arrangements for land-based transportation for the small amount of propane that is needed in the Upper Peninsula currently coming from the pipeline. Trains and tankers are proven alternatives and viable options.
  • Demonstrate proper governmental oversight to protect the people and state resources!
  • Show compassion for others and the planet. Consider the legacy you intend to leave for all our children and grandchildren and the earth.

We will continue to pray over this issue and voice our concern everywhere we can. We will pray that you, our elected and appointed representatives, will experience a change in heart and mind, and that you stand with the majority of people who lovingly show compassion for this planet – our island home – we only have one.

704 endorsements
Goal: 500 endorsements

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  • Jaynan Montague
    endorsed 2018-04-18 21:47:32 -0400
    I live in Marshall MI. I used to live on Talmadge Creek. The 2010 oil spill traveled through my front yard. Enbridge cannot be trusted to properly maintain a pipeline. They also are woefully unprepared to clean up an oil spill. I implore you to protect our God-given Great Lakes!!!!
  • Jim Gill
    endorsed 2018-04-18 20:24:44 -0400
  • Donna Bogle
    endorsed via 2018-04-18 18:53:42 -0400
  • Aaron Starr
    endorsed 2018-04-18 17:20:17 -0400
  • Carol Johannes
    endorsed 2018-04-18 15:06:41 -0400
  • John Johnson
    endorsed 2018-04-18 14:55:08 -0400
    It is not safe as it is right now.
  • Peggy Malnati
    endorsed 2018-04-18 14:06:32 -0400
    We are putting at risk 20% of the world’s fresh water supply — an unconscionable action. We also are risking economies in all the Great Lake states and provinces.
  • Susan Poll
    endorsed via 2018-04-18 11:41:30 -0400
  • Willa Cisluycis
    endorsed 2018-04-18 10:53:45 -0400
  • Whayne Hougland
    endorsed 2018-04-18 09:50:44 -0400
  • Wendell Gibbs
    endorsed 2018-04-18 09:37:20 -0400
  • Joan Baustian
    endorsed 2018-04-18 09:03:37 -0400
  • Anneliese Sinnott
    endorsed 2018-04-18 08:53:53 -0400
  • Mary Huisman
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-04-18 07:56:50 -0400
    Line 5 is a disaster waiting to happen! Join me in signing an interfaith letter demanding that we shut it down.
  • Mary Huisman
    endorsed 2018-04-18 07:56:07 -0400
  • Patricia Fischer
    endorsed 2018-04-18 04:11:47 -0400
  • Karen Rossman
    endorsed 2018-04-17 22:53:27 -0400
  • Ginny King
    endorsed 2018-04-17 22:26:15 -0400
    Please protect our Great Lakes from a major oil spill. These are precious lakes for all of God’s creation.
  • Tara Suckow
    endorsed 2018-04-17 22:19:38 -0400
  • Gloria Cavanaugh
    endorsed via 2018-04-17 22:03:28 -0400
  • Cheryl Anderson
    endorsed 2018-04-17 21:50:34 -0400
  • Catherine Alberts
    endorsed via 2018-04-17 21:36:22 -0400
    The 5 Great Lakes interlink. If one pollutes, we stand to lose them all. This must not happen! They are one of the largest sources of fresh water. This planet needs them. Please do the right thing and protect them , too.
  • Lisa Meyer
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-04-17 21:02:15 -0400
    Line 5 is a disaster waiting to happen! Join me in signing an interfaith letter demanding that we shut it down.
  • Lisa Meyer
    endorsed via 2018-04-17 21:01:13 -0400
  • Amanda Norwood
    endorsed 2018-04-17 16:59:54 -0400
    The risks are too great to keep using this pipeline. As it continues to age the leaks will become more frequent and larger.
  • Owen Mills
    endorsed 2018-04-17 16:01:37 -0400
  • Cameron Goble
    endorsed 2018-04-17 15:40:44 -0400
  • maureen martin
    endorsed 2018-04-17 14:56:09 -0400
  • Pamela Lynch
    endorsed 2018-04-17 14:37:11 -0400
    The thought of this pipeline leaking and/or breaking makes me want to cry. It could do so much damage to our water and our wildlife. We know it will happen – it is just a matter of time. Please, Please create legislation that will force Enbridge to correct threat.
  • Alison Argall
    endorsed 2018-04-17 12:49:52 -0400