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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  • Annie Daugherty
    endorsed 2018-04-19 18:21:22 -0400
  • Heather Barta
    endorsed via 2018-04-19 18:20:47 -0400
  • Jo Johnson
    endorsed 2018-04-19 18:20:16 -0400
  • Phil Schmitter
    endorsed via 2018-04-19 18:19:37 -0400
    This corporation has a track record for negligence and dishonesty. This must be decommissioned for safety and preservation of the Great Lakes. They have already behaved badly at the Kalamazoo River.
  • Phil Schmitter
    endorsed via 2018-04-19 18:19:36 -0400
    This corporation has a track record for negligence and dishonesty. This must be decommissioned for safety and preservation of the Great Lakes. They have already behaved badly at the Kalamazoo River.
  • Mary Anne Perrone
    endorsed 2018-04-19 18:18:34 -0400
  • Carol Hayford
    endorsed 2018-04-19 17:59:11 -0400
  • Denise Curry
    endorsed 2018-04-19 17:57:11 -0400
  • Martin Smith
    endorsed 2018-04-19 17:55:44 -0400
  • Cleda Smartt
    endorsed 2018-04-19 17:49:57 -0400
  • Kathy Armstrong
    endorsed 2018-04-19 17:42:42 -0400
  • Charlotte Wall
    endorsed 2018-04-19 17:32:53 -0400
    The Great Lakes are treasures that should be kept pristinely clean. If there is a known danger, it should be taken care of immediately, and if it must be closed down, just do it. It’s important to Michigan and all other states, as well as Canada that these lakes are preserved. Actually I believe it is important to the whole United States. The loss of our ecology wonders is unacceptable.
  • Gail Addis
    endorsed via 2018-04-19 17:27:22 -0400
  • Cathy Holcomb
    endorsed 2018-04-19 17:05:55 -0400
  • Carolyn Orchard
    endorsed 2018-04-19 17:01:44 -0400
  • Mat Bryan
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-04-19 17:00:15 -0400
    Line 5 is a disaster waiting to happen! Join me in signing an interfaith letter demanding that we shut it down.
  • Nzingha Masani- Manu
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-04-19 16:59:48 -0400
    Line 5 is a disaster waiting to happen! Join me in signing an interfaith letter demanding that we shut it down.
  • Mat Bryan
    endorsed via 2018-04-19 16:59:47 -0400
  • Nzingha Masani- Manu
    @Nzingha59 tweeted link to this page. 2018-04-19 16:59:45 -0400
    Line 5 is a disaster waiting to happen! Join me in signing an interfaith letter demanding that we shut it down. https://michiganipl.nationbuilder.com/line_5?recruiter_id=7164
  • Nzingha Masani-Manuel
    endorsed 2018-04-19 16:59:30 -0400
  • Deirdre Toeller-Novak
    endorsed via 2018-04-19 16:59:05 -0400
  • Joyce Munro
    endorsed via 2018-04-19 16:51:55 -0400
  • Jeanne Hernandez
    endorsed 2018-04-19 16:48:38 -0400
  • Kathleen Gribble
    endorsed 2018-04-19 16:48:26 -0400
  • Jay Graham
    endorsed 2018-04-19 16:47:00 -0400
    Do the right thing before a catastrophe happens
  • Julie Bock
    endorsed via 2018-04-19 16:45:34 -0400
  • Mary Eldridge
    endorsed 2018-04-19 16:44:58 -0400
  • Joseph Summers
    endorsed 2018-04-19 16:40:37 -0400
  • Michael Wood
    endorsed 2018-04-19 16:39:59 -0400
  • Bob Railey
    endorsed 2018-04-19 16:37:37 -0400
    At a time when the entire world needs to reduce its carbon footprint, it is important that we first shut down (and prevent further examples of) “risky technologies” such as pipe and rail transport of fossil fuels, near-shore drilling, and fracking.