When the first, highly contested leg of the Line 5 pipeline was originally built in 1953, it was meant to withstand 50 years of use. But that was 70 years ago – and not only has the pipeline been neglected for maintenance but it actively poses a threat to the community around it.
Every day nearly 23 million gallons of oil flow through these aging pipelines located in the heart of the Great Lakes, threatening one of the most ecologically sensitive areas in the world and drinking water for 40 million people
The Straits of Mackinac serves as a major cultural resource for The Bay Mills Indian Community (BMIC), who have lived along this waterway for centuries. The Straits is a fragile waterway ecosystem that provide access to important foods, medicinal plants, sacred burial sites, and other cultural traditions.1
The health and safety of the Great Lakes communities have been at consistent risk to the frequent oil spills in nearby waterways. The Army Corps is currently accepting public comments on Line 5’s proposed tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac. We need to use this comment period as an opportunity to ensure that Line 5 receives the thorough review it requires and, ultimately, gets shut down.
Submit your comment by October 14!
Tell the Army Corps to protect the Great Lakes and reject the dangerous tunneling expansion of Line 5.
In November 2020, Governor Whitmer revoked Enbridge’s right to operate Line 5 statewide due to their consistent violation of terms. Throughout the following year, the oil industry led by parent company Enbridge, ran propaganda ads falsely claiming the shutdown was the cause of the rapidly rising gas prices in Michigan. Federal court documents last month showed that Enbridge’s own experts debunked this claim. We cannot allow the oil companies like Enbridge to mislead our communities into supporting their dangerous products.
It is a matter of time before Line 5’s neglected pipeline causes irreversible damage to both the Great Lakes communities and the fragile ecosystems around it. We must ensure that this pipeline is decommissioned before it can cause a catastrophic disaster to our waterways.
I request the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conduct a complete review of the proposed project as part of its Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act.
This review should be thorough and include: