Shut Down Hazardous Natural Gas and Oil Pipeline

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Target: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder

Goal: Decommission Line 5, a dangerous, 63-year-old natural gas and oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.

A 63-year-old pipeline running through the Straits of Mackinac presents a serious threat to the Great Lakes and the surrounding ecosystems. A recent study completed at the University of Michigan revealed that a rupture in Line 5, owned and operated by Canadian energy company Enbridge, could spill crude oil onto 720 miles of shoreline. The study also indicated that 60 percent of Lake Huron’s open water and 15 percent of Lake Michigan’s open water could be contaminated with visible oil if a spill were to occur. These risks are too grave to ignore. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder must move to protect the Great Lakes by terminating Enbridge’s contract, thus effectively decommissioning Line 5.

The risks posed by Line 5 have been a cause for concern for many years, dating back to 2013 when it was discovered that Enbridge failed to comply with Michigan’s safety guidelines. A diver found, and later relayed to the National Wildlife Federation, that Enbridge had not built the necessary support anchors needed to stabilize the pipeline. That same year, Enbridge decided to increase the flow of crude oil through Line 5 by 10 percent. These decisions reveal that Enbridge is more concerned with cutting corners and increasing profits than protecting the environment. The company’s track record speaks for itself: approximately 1,000 leaks have struck Enbridge pipelines since 1999, including one particularly awful case in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 2010.

Enbridge continues to insist that Line 5 is operating safely, but its failure to comply with safety regulations along with the lack of public information about the pipeline’s functionality is highly alarming. A pipeline this old without the proper safety structures in place is an environmental disaster waiting to happen. When also considering Line 5’s location in the Straits of Mackinac, which flow into both Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, it becomes clear that shutting down this pipeline is the right course of action. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder should terminate Enbridge’s contract and decommission Line 5.

By signing the petition below you will help urge Governor Snyder to terminate Enbridge’s contract for Line 5.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Rick Snyder,

Enbridge’s 63-year-old pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, known as Line 5, poses an environmental threat that must be taken seriously. According to a recent study completed at the University of Michigan, a spill from Line 5 would threaten 720 miles of shoreline in the Great Lakes as well as significant portions of open water in both Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. Though Enbridge may insist that Line 5 is operating safely, it has already been revealed that the company failed to meet your state’s safety guidelines when it did not build the necessary anchor support structures needed to stabilize the pipeline. Enbridge’s contract must be terminated, effectively decommissioning Line 5.

Enbridge’s history of oil pipeline leaks (approximately 1,000 cases since 1999, including one in Kalamazoo) does not bode well for the environmental safety of the Great Lakes. A spill in the Straits of Mackinac would severely damage these ecosystems, which comprise one-fifth of the world’s fresh water. Enbridge has failed to provide adequate public information about Line 5 and has not acted with environmental safety in mind. The company should not be allowed to continue operating in your state in this way.

Line 5 is an environmental disaster waiting to happen. I urge you to terminate Enbridge’s contract so that this pipeline may be decommissioned for good.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Bruce Trugen

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