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.

703 endorsements
Goal: 500 endorsements

Will you endorse?

  • Leo Forster
    endorsed 2018-04-15 07:43:27 -0400
    Anchor strikes do happen! Line 5 is not worth the risk to the people of Michigan.
  • Nancy Turner
    endorsed 2018-04-15 07:38:20 -0400
  • James Sorenson
    endorsed 2018-04-15 07:17:03 -0400
  • John and Cheryl Rosten
    endorsed 2018-04-14 22:53:58 -0400
    Such a preventative measure just makes good sense. We have a responsibility to be good stewards of the natural resources in Michigan, not only for our own enjoyment, but for generations to come.
  • Jill Ryan
    endorsed 2018-04-14 20:29:32 -0400
    The anchor strike that hit the pipeline and caused an electric line to leak is our canary in a coal mine. It is time to act.
  • Rayford Ray
    endorsed 2018-04-14 18:31:35 -0400
    This is not optional. No amount of business pressure from Enbridge can trump what could happen to our entire state. We need to put our safety as well as the safety of creation ahead of profits.
  • Fred Cole
    endorsed 2018-04-14 18:21:45 -0400
  • Iris Erickson
    endorsed 2018-04-14 18:13:04 -0400
  • Catherine Halverson
    endorsed 2018-04-14 18:06:22 -0400
  • Safi-ur-Rahman Syed
    endorsed 2018-04-14 17:39:52 -0400
    I fully support this
  • Rizwana Syed
    endorsed 2018-04-14 17:35:10 -0400
  • Linda Rogers
    endorsed 2018-04-14 17:28:00 -0400
  • Karen Ettenhofee
    endorsed 2018-04-14 17:27:29 -0400
  • Kelly Ortquist
    endorsed 2018-04-14 17:22:08 -0400
  • leonard page
    endorsed 2018-04-14 17:20:37 -0400
    95% of the 23 million of oil going thru the straits each day is delivered to sarnia canada
  • Vincent Lumetta
    endorsed 2018-04-14 17:09:33 -0400
  • Rubab Hussain
    endorsed 2018-04-14 17:01:09 -0400
  • Shona Siddiqui
    endorsed 2018-04-14 16:58:23 -0400
  • Shona Siddiqui
    endorsed 2018-04-14 16:58:21 -0400
  • Selina Akbar
    endorsed 2018-04-14 16:54:35 -0400
  • Amina Ali
    endorsed 2018-04-14 16:49:04 -0400
  • Lubna Aqil
    endorsed 2018-04-14 16:46:39 -0400
  • Safwan Eid
    endorsed 2018-04-14 16:39:44 -0400
  • Khalid Iqbal
    endorsed 2018-04-14 16:29:54 -0400
    Me, my family and our community is extremely concerned about the danger posed by line 5. We are concerned about the effect this pose on the environment and especially the water quality in the great lakes. There are many alternatives available. Please shut this pipeline down before it become a catastrophe. Thank you
  • Stephen Selden
    endorsed 2018-04-14 16:23:08 -0400
  • Mohey Mowafy
    endorsed via 2018-04-14 16:20:19 -0400
  • Trudy Gray
    endorsed 2018-04-14 16:12:41 -0400
  • Kevin Thew Forrester
    endorsed 2018-04-14 16:09:40 -0400
  • Diana Garlinghouse
    endorsed 2018-04-14 15:31:05 -0400
  • Kathryn Parker
    endorsed 2018-04-14 14:09:31 -0400
    The main reason I became a Methodist was the strong tradition of social mission voiced by John Wesley, “ Do all the good you can, in any way you can, in all the ways…”. To me that means doing good by protecting the earth and its waters, as much as caring for the people.