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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  • Robert Underwood
    endorsed 2018-04-03 16:58:17 -0400
    I would like to point out that, while I currently reside outside the State of Michigan, It is my birthplace and was my home for many years. I urge everyone to be good stewards of the land and to protect it from obvious threats.
  • Arnie Vandercruyssen
    endorsed 2018-04-03 15:11:58 -0400
    Shut it down
  • Janet Stankowski
    endorsed 2018-04-03 15:02:26 -0400
  • Rochelle Habeck
    endorsed 2018-04-03 14:56:11 -0400
  • Mary Dunn
    endorsed 2018-04-03 14:48:56 -0400
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  • Phylis and John Schleicher
    endorsed 2018-04-03 10:24:15 -0400
    In addition to serving as a pastor and a bishop emeritus, I now serve as president of the Michigan Interfaith Power and Light Board. This letter is consistent with our mission to encourage people of faith to promote sustainable practices that will lead to a cleaner, healthier, and more just world.
  • The Rev. Curt Norman
    endorsed 2018-04-03 06:16:48 -0400
  • Barbara Amon-Weigandt
    endorsed via 2018-04-02 16:27:32 -0400
  • Mary Spence
    endorsed via 2018-04-02 16:10:14 -0400
    Vitally important to stop present and future pollution of Michigan and the Great Lakes!
  • Brian Chace
    endorsed via 2018-04-02 13:35:10 -0400
  • Maria Maniaci
    endorsed 2018-04-02 13:07:21 -0400
  • Maggie Heaslip
    endorsed via 2018-04-02 12:55:10 -0400
  • Bob Lotz
    endorsed via 2018-04-02 12:22:16 -0400
  • Denise Griebler
    endorsed 2018-04-02 11:34:33 -0400
  • Kimberly Moote
    endorsed via 2018-04-01 13:45:42 -0400
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  • Wausnodaeqwe Debrann Holmes
    endorsed via 2018-03-31 18:26:18 -0400
    Please decomission Pipeline 5 right now. It a a danger not only to those in Michigan, but the probability of having a major leak or break in the line would be disasterous to the entire Great Lakes Basin AND the New England coastline if leak were not contained properly. Please move forward and make positive changes to protect our Waters and our public health. Miigwetch. Thank you.
  • MelodyAnn Harmon
    endorsed via 2018-03-31 17:13:47 -0400
  • Kathryn Wiese
    endorsed via 2018-03-31 13:41:49 -0400
  • Julie Moker
    endorsed via 2018-03-31 11:20:31 -0400
  • Julie Moker
    endorsed via 2018-03-31 11:20:29 -0400
  • Florence (Flo) Cutter
    endorsed via 2018-03-31 09:37:24 -0400
    I totally agree with this letter, and have signed many petitions for shut down of line 5 through Oil and Water Don’t Mix and other Great Lakes advocacy organizations. We must consider 7 generations to come by preserving, cleaning up, and ensuring oil can’t pollute our precious Great Lakes.