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.

706 endorsements
Goal: 500 endorsements

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  • Maryln Graham
    endorsed 2018-04-09 11:08:16 -0400
  • Kurt Hoefer
    endorsed 2018-04-09 09:36:57 -0400
  • Lesley Miller
    endorsed 2018-04-09 08:39:24 -0400
  • Dave Penniman
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  • David Penniman
    endorsed 2018-04-09 07:42:26 -0400
    The water quality of the Straits of Mackinac is crucial the economic, environmental, and social well-being of the entire Great Lakes Region. Even a small leak, like the leak of coolant from the electrical cables, can cause incalculable harm to the microorganisms that form the basis of the food chain and underlie the overall quality of the waters. We can have a healthy economy without Line 5, we cannot have a safe and secure environment with it.
  • Howard Richards
    endorsed 2018-04-08 10:52:18 -0400
    Shut it down and replace it. You have the money! Spend it!
  • John Shelchuk
    endorsed 2018-04-08 01:16:51 -0400
  • Anne Shelchuk
    endorsed 2018-04-08 01:07:27 -0400
  • Judy Schlueter
    endorsed 2018-04-07 21:46:38 -0400
  • Thomas VanDeventer
    endorsed 2018-04-07 19:55:39 -0400
  • Deborah Kilborn
    endorsed 2018-04-07 19:13:16 -0400
    Wake up!! NOTHING should be done to the straits or the Great Lakes that has even a slight risk!! This is a disaster waiting to happen. If the powers that be are so sure about this being safe then stake your very LIFE on it!
  • Mary Street
    endorsed 2018-04-07 17:17:17 -0400
  • Robert Howse
    endorsed 2018-04-07 17:15:16 -0400
  • Fred Swinehart
    endorsed 2018-04-07 14:32:31 -0400
  • John Wojciechowski
    endorsed 2018-04-07 13:42:54 -0400
  • Kim Kihnke
    endorsed 2018-04-07 13:29:23 -0400
  • Franz Neubrecht
    endorsed 2018-04-07 12:53:07 -0400
  • Susan VanDeventer
    endorsed 2018-04-07 12:47:46 -0400
    Line 5 is literally a disaster waiting to happen. Let’s be prudently proactive instead of eternally regretful.
  • Edna Rankine
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-04-07 12:43:24 -0400
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  • Edna Rankine
    endorsed 2018-04-07 12:42:45 -0400
  • Pam Maak
    endorsed 2018-04-07 01:46:19 -0400
    Line 5 must be shut down & removed before our Great Lakes are destroyed. Hopefully our Governor will have the strength & courage to do the right thing.
  • Ruth Clausen
    endorsed 2018-04-06 22:51:48 -0400
  • Jennie Hoffmann
    endorsed 2018-04-06 15:35:26 -0400
    I have no faith in made made religious organizations but plenty of faith so I implore you to shut down Line 5. Why are you allowing this type of risk to our Great Lakes to go unchecked!!! This is not partisan or political unless you cower behind such labeling. It is the responsibility of all of us to speak out and do whatever it takes to keep our public waters protected!
  • Brian Allen
    endorsed 2018-04-06 14:50:36 -0400
  • Christine Danner
    endorsed 2018-04-06 12:42:17 -0400
  • Carol Carter
    endorsed 2018-04-06 11:31:53 -0400
    I try hard to serve God, and to respect all people of different faiths. I’m hoping they in turn will respect the beautiful home God gave us, earth!!
  • Wendy N Duane Wils
    endorsed via 2018-04-06 11:13:01 -0400
    Save our water resources!
  • Lacsey Zumbaugh
    endorsed 2018-04-06 10:59:00 -0400
    We are the shepherds of the earth, here to protect it! No one knows the day of the Return, don’t we want it looking good for Christ?
  • Dixon Dudderar
    endorsed 2018-04-06 10:02:25 -0400
    A great way to help protect our environment!
  • Brad Gerlach
    endorsed 2018-04-06 09:59:37 -0400