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
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  • 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.
  • hailie dyer
    endorsed 2018-03-31 09:24:17 -0400
  • Sue Hurley
    endorsed via 2018-03-30 16:40:52 -0400
  • Anne Schepeler
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  • Anne Schepeler
    endorsed 2018-03-30 12:40:28 -0400
  • Melissa Congleton
    endorsed 2018-03-29 22:10:18 -0400
  • Marie Richards
    endorsed via 2018-03-29 21:38:11 -0400
  • Janet Cook
    endorsed 2018-03-29 17:41:05 -0400
    I attended the public forum that requested input on Pioelines in MI and specifically the Enbridge Line 5, it wasnoverwhelminging in favor and the panel recommended to Givernor Snyder to shut it down.
  • Nathan Garrison
    endorsed 2018-03-29 16:00:50 -0400
  • Catherine Waynick
    endorsed via 2018-03-29 15:29:54 -0400
  • Joni Moore
    endorsed via 2018-03-29 13:56:04 -0400
  • Vicki Hesse
    endorsed 2018-03-29 13:46:39 -0400
  • Scott Xiong
    endorsed 2018-03-29 13:33:53 -0400
    Living and going to school at Michigan Technological University has made me see such great opportunity that we Michiganders get to see with our great lakes. I, as a Michigan Tech college student, travel every year for 2000 miles up and down the Mackinaw Bridge get to see what great feet the great lakes have given us. The opportunity to enjoy mother nature, swim in clean and not toxic water, go boating on our lakes, and seeing people travel to islands that are isolated from the main Michigan land. These are just a few things that make Michigan great. Knowing that Line 5 is going to cross this section, it concerns me. I’ve got to know my roommate who is from China and I was so shocked that back in China it was known that swimming in lakes was bad due to an industrial revolutionary country they live in. I don’t want this to happen to us and I don’t want to see such great lakes to go down due to unpredictable oil leakage. Please don’t allow this despite having an economy compensation to our state or nation. The cost of this is not even measurable.
  • Patricia Ellingson
    endorsed 2018-03-29 13:11:09 -0400
  • Rob Skalitsky
    endorsed via 2018-03-29 13:08:52 -0400
  • Eleanor Gamalski
    endorsed 2018-03-29 12:54:51 -0400
  • Yvette Griffin
    endorsed 2018-03-29 12:29:41 -0400
  • john wilson
    endorsed via 2018-03-29 09:33:54 -0400
  • Justin Alexander
    endorsed 2018-03-29 08:14:42 -0400
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  • Susan A. Williams
    endorsed 2018-03-29 07:54:03 -0400
    Action is long overdue.
  • Thelma Clarage
    endorsed via 2018-03-28 23:58:15 -0400
  • Ethan Burghardt
    endorsed via 2018-03-28 20:05:36 -0400
  • Sue Ray
    endorsed via 2018-03-28 19:57:39 -0400
    Safeguard our Great Lakes! Shut down Pipeline 5! Water is life!
  • Margaret Padilla
    endorsed via 2018-03-28 19:20:55 -0400
  • Katie Oppenheim
    endorsed 2018-03-28 18:54:07 -0400
  • Paras Ghumare
    endorsed via 2018-03-28 18:51:38 -0400
  • Marilyn Maloney
    endorsed 2018-03-28 18:31:09 -0400
  • William McDonald
    endorsed 2018-03-28 18:02:14 -0400
  • Judith Anlauf
    endorsed 2018-03-28 17:20:55 -0400