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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  • Kate Dailey
    endorsed 2018-04-20 10:15:28 -0400
  • Edward Diehl
    endorsed 2018-04-20 09:30:29 -0400
  • Linn Kracht
    endorsed 2018-04-20 09:21:16 -0400
  • Carol Higgins
    endorsed 2018-04-20 09:17:20 -0400
    This pipeline poses too great of a risk to our Great Lakes. It’s like driving a car with bald tires. Works just fine—until it doesn’t. And the risk grows greater every day.

    Please shut it down.
  • Colleen McInerney
    endorsed 2018-04-20 08:57:35 -0400
  • Michael L Carr
    endorsed 2018-04-20 08:40:46 -0400
  • Judith Coyle
    endorsed via 2018-04-20 08:40:14 -0400
  • Nadir Ahmad
    endorsed 2018-04-20 08:32:56 -0400
  • Patricia Martin
    endorsed 2018-04-20 08:26:32 -0400
  • Stefania Johns
    endorsed 2018-04-20 08:22:33 -0400
  • Peggy Dahlberg
    endorsed 2018-04-20 08:22:08 -0400
    Please shut down the pipeline. It is a disaster waiting to happen.
  • Maryfran Barber
    endorsed via 2018-04-20 07:56:01 -0400
  • Virginia Jones
    endorsed 2018-04-20 07:51:50 -0400
    We can not risk oil inpollution in the Great Lakes – as 20% of the world’s fresh water we must safeguard this precious recource.
  • Rosa Schindler
    endorsed 2018-04-20 07:29:46 -0400
  • Deborah Balasko
    endorsed 2018-04-20 07:16:19 -0400
    shut down line 5 NOW.
  • Ronald Spann
    endorsed 2018-04-20 01:26:33 -0400
    This line must be shut down!
  • John Varani
    endorsed via 2018-04-20 00:27:37 -0400
  • Mike and Jill Higgins
    endorsed via 2018-04-19 23:31:26 -0400
  • Barbara King
    endorsed 2018-04-19 23:26:59 -0400
  • Kirk Bails
    endorsed 2018-04-19 22:44:35 -0400
  • Brittina Wiese
    endorsed via 2018-04-19 22:17:54 -0400
  • John Fitzgerald
    endorsed via 2018-04-19 22:08:53 -0400
  • Linda Fedewa
    endorsed 2018-04-19 21:39:37 -0400
    Please do not put our fresh water in jeopardy. Life in the water and on the land as well as in the air are dependent on it. Preserve our lakes for our future generations.
  • Lillian Pauwels
    endorsed via 2018-04-19 21:39:02 -0400
  • Elizabeth Liz Bird Kinsey
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-04-19 21:31:38 -0400
    Line 5 is a disaster waiting to happen! Join me in signing an interfaith letter demanding that we shut it down.
  • Liz Kinsey
    endorsed 2018-04-19 21:31:04 -0400
  • Margarette Cafagna
    endorsed 2018-04-19 21:29:29 -0400
    We need to protect the water in the Great Lakes. Stop Line 5 Pipeline.
  • Tobi Hanna-Davies
    endorsed 2018-04-19 21:28:08 -0400
    “This fragile planet, our island home” is in our prayers frequently in my parish. We are called to care for Creation, and not allow greed to destroy it.
  • Toby Hines
    endorsed 2018-04-19 21:23:02 -0400
  • Joseph Ventura
    endorsed 2018-04-19 21:16:00 -0400