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

Will you endorse?

  • Deb Grow
    endorsed via 2018-04-19 16:36:48 -0400
  • Helen Hord
    endorsed 2018-04-19 16:36:25 -0400
    the pipeline should be eradicated in those waters seeing as it is that old plus consequences of breakage are intimidating.
  • Edith Hurst
    endorsed 2018-04-19 16:28:26 -0400
    My name is Ann Norby and I am the church administrator for a United Methodist Church that is why I have a church email. We need to protect our environment for ourselves, children, grandchildren etc and all people of the world.

    Ann Norby
  • Jean-Pierre Seguin
    endorsed 2018-04-19 16:24:13 -0400
    As an Episcopal seminarian and Michigander I stand with other faith leaders to call for the decommissioning of the Line 5 Pipeline. As a Christian I affirm that our land and waters are sacred and that it is our duty to protect and respect them. I grew up swimming in the Great Lakes and drinking from the Detroit River. Line 5 is aging and dangerous and I call on you to use your office to protect our people, our water, and our land by overseeing the decommission of this leaky pipeline.
  • Cynthia Tobias
    endorsed 2018-04-19 16:19:07 -0400
  • Rebecca Morris
    endorsed 2018-04-19 16:09:28 -0400
  • Denny Beck
    endorsed 2018-04-19 16:07:13 -0400
  • Ann Edel
    endorsed via 2018-04-19 16:07:10 -0400
  • Gail Shafet
    endorsed 2018-04-19 16:03:11 -0400
  • Robert Beebe
    endorsed 2018-04-19 15:55:07 -0400
    Action to provide a substantial modernizing repair, or outright replacement of this pipeline, is of the essence.
  • Toni Dennis
    endorsed 2018-04-19 15:52:59 -0400
  • Tammie Fenn
    endorsed 2018-04-19 15:49:08 -0400
  • David Kress
    endorsed 2018-04-19 15:44:51 -0400
    Potential endangerment or destroying our precious natural resources is horrible and unacceptable !
  • Susan Ventura
    endorsed 2018-04-19 15:43:19 -0400
  • Jodi Baron
    endorsed via 2018-04-19 15:37:35 -0400
  • Sandra Schneiders
    endorsed via 2018-04-19 15:35:48 -0400
  • Carol Baker
    endorsed 2018-04-19 15:34:46 -0400
  • Vincent M Marinco
    endorsed 2018-04-19 15:32:16 -0400
  • Mark Hastings
    endorsed 2018-04-19 15:31:25 -0400
  • Melissa Hug
    endorsed via 2018-04-19 15:27:23 -0400
  • W. Richard Hamlin
    endorsed 2018-04-19 15:27:15 -0400
  • Peter Boogaart
    endorsed 2018-04-19 15:26:37 -0400
  • Walter Arnold
    endorsed 2018-04-19 15:25:33 -0400
  • Michael and Linda Fedewa
    endorsed via 2018-04-19 15:22:08 -0400
  • Janice/Vaughn Maatman
    endorsed 2018-04-19 15:21:57 -0400
    Surely we cannot risk this great natural resource and the ability of future generations to enjoy, bathe, and drink from it.
  • Marie Clark
    endorsed via 2018-04-19 15:18:50 -0400
  • Cathy Clark
    endorsed 2018-04-19 15:17:13 -0400
  • Steve Dykstra
    endorsed 2018-04-19 15:10:38 -0400
  • Janice Buchin
    endorsed 2018-04-19 15:09:37 -0400
  • Carol Mader
    endorsed 2018-04-19 15:08:16 -0400