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

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  • Nancy Ogilvie
    endorsed 2018-04-11 21:17:39 -0400
    Thank you for your work. I’m passing the request on to other communities of faith.
  • Bob Milstein
    endorsed 2018-04-11 20:32:14 -0400
  • Jan Wright
    endorsed 2018-04-11 20:30:23 -0400
    This is such a clear place where the welfare of people and the earth have been treated as secondary to financial interests. It’s time to make the hard choice!
  • Julie Kowalski
    endorsed 2018-04-11 17:57:20 -0400
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  • John Laycock
    endorsed 2018-04-11 14:42:01 -0400
    Line 5 must be shut down to protect the waters of Lakes Michigan and Huron. Embridge has shown itself to be untrustworthy. There is no reason why Canadian oil cannot be routed on Canadian territory to the Sarnia refineries.
  • Charles Morris
    endorsed 2018-04-11 12:27:56 -0400
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    endorsed 2018-04-11 10:34:14 -0400
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    endorsed 2018-04-11 10:06:57 -0400
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    endorsed 2018-04-10 20:11:19 -0400
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    endorsed 2018-04-10 17:42:05 -0400
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    endorsed 2018-04-10 16:52:31 -0400
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    endorsed 2018-04-10 10:35:01 -0400
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    endorsed 2018-04-10 09:20:45 -0400
  • Anne Noah
    endorsed 2018-04-10 07:26:51 -0400
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  • Cathye Williams
    endorsed 2018-04-09 23:36:50 -0400
  • Heidi -Kris Thornley-Wisniewski-Edgewood
    endorsed 2018-04-09 22:28:35 -0400
  • Kathy Long
    endorsed 2018-04-09 21:26:57 -0400
  • Cheryl Ziegler
    endorsed 2018-04-09 18:19:22 -0400
  • Elizabeth M. Chace
    endorsed 2018-04-09 16:57:53 -0400
  • lee schottenfels
    endorsed 2018-04-09 15:40:23 -0400
  • Carole McKibbon
    endorsed 2018-04-09 11:50:57 -0400
  • Carolyn Penniman
    endorsed 2018-04-09 11:18:31 -0400
    Snyder’s legacy will show that our resources were squandered for profit and political gain, instead of preserving and protecting the fresh water given by God for all life on our planet. There is still time to correct this before a disaster takes away that opportunity. Do it now!
  • Gregory Brown
    endorsed 2018-04-09 11:13:48 -0400
  • Eileen Thorp
    endorsed 2018-04-09 11:12:45 -0400
    This latest spill of toxic chemicals is just a precursor of the potential disaster just waiting to happen. We are called to be good stewards of our earthly home not only for us humans, but for all living creatures. Shut it down, now!
  • Maryln Graham
    endorsed 2018-04-09 11:08:16 -0400