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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  • Karan H Hendricks
    endorsed 2018-04-14 14:08:06 -0400
  • Dorothy Johnson
    endorsed 2018-04-14 12:29:20 -0400
    A friend has personally dove down, videoed it and says it is very unsafe!!! And needs to be shutdown now!!!
  • Virginia Mannisto
    endorsed 2018-04-14 11:50:11 -0400
    We must put the protection of the Great Lakes and well being of people ahead of the greed of corporate oil.
  • Dale Jamison
    endorsed 2018-04-14 11:36:28 -0400
  • Joseph Palm
    endorsed 2018-04-14 11:25:38 -0400
  • Judith Andersen
    endorsed 2018-04-14 11:21:17 -0400
  • Steve Mustapha Elturk
    endorsed 2018-04-14 07:32:26 -0400
  • Matthew Nossal
    endorsed 2018-04-14 00:08:04 -0400
  • Wendy Wilder
    endorsed 2018-04-13 22:40:48 -0400
  • Myles Davis
    endorsed 2018-04-13 22:00:54 -0400
  • Judy Kindel
    endorsed 2018-04-13 21:53:27 -0400
  • Sara Kravitz
    endorsed 2018-04-13 16:04:33 -0400
    The continuing use of this line puts innocent creatures, not to mention the public, at grave risk. Please shut it down.
  • Cheryl Diane Smith
    endorsed 2018-04-13 15:34:59 -0400
  • Carol DeVore
    endorsed 2018-04-13 15:29:24 -0400
  • David Arnosti
    endorsed 2018-04-13 15:07:12 -0400
  • Dan Nowiski
    endorsed 2018-04-13 14:52:00 -0400
  • lee schottenfels
    endorsed 2018-04-13 14:39:51 -0400
  • lee schottenfels
    endorsed 2018-04-13 14:39:51 -0400
  • Craig Allan Satterlee, PhD, Bishop
    endorsed 2018-04-13 13:16:34 -0400
  • James Snead
    endorsed 2018-04-13 11:57:11 -0400
  • Lydia Bucklin
    endorsed 2018-04-13 11:28:28 -0400
  • Carol Driscoll
    endorsed 2018-04-13 06:58:38 -0400
  • Linda Waltenberger
    endorsed 2018-04-13 03:11:06 -0400
  • William Lystila
    endorsed 2018-04-12 20:04:51 -0400
  • Lisa Perschke
    endorsed 2018-04-12 19:48:19 -0400
    We need to protect our fresh water Great Lakes from industrial disasters. This pipeline is in need of being shut down and replaced. Please protect our natural resources today because if there is a disastrous oil spill, there will be no turning back.
  • Sherry Fent
    endorsed 2018-04-12 19:43:03 -0400
    We are supposed to protect this wonderful earth and hopefully, leave it in good condition for future generations. The importance of water cannot be overstated. Water IS Life.
  • Gerald Hasspacher
    endorsed 2018-04-12 17:59:50 -0400
  • Janet Scarrow
    endorsed 2018-04-12 17:48:02 -0400
  • Karen Pettke
    endorsed 2018-04-12 17:32:25 -0400
    Please don’t allow another disaster, far greater than the Flint Water Crisis, occur in our state. Have the Canadians route the pipeline through their own country.
  • Julie Skelton
    endorsed 2018-04-12 17:29:42 -0400