Every day, nearly 23 million gallons of oil flow through two aging pipelines in the heart of the Great Lakes. The Michigan Climate Action Network is being proactive in the fight to shut down the Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline.
MiCAN has teamed up with Environmental Law and Policy Center to intervene in the case being considered by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) on the Enbridge permit request to move its Line 5 pipeline into an oil tunnel through the Great Lakes.
Kate Madigan, MiCAN's director, says "Michigan can be known as a climate leader, or as the last state to build an oil pipeline in the midst of the climate crisis.”
Not only does a potential oil spill pose an enormous threat to the Great Lakes, when the oil makes its way down the pipe to refineries and is turned into gasoline, but the burning of that fuel also creates a carbon spill into the atmosphere.
There is now a proposal to let Enbridge build an oil tunnel under the Straits to replace this 67-year-old pipeline, and Governor Whitmer is getting intense pressure to go along with this. Building new oil infrastructure in the middle of the climate crisis is a terrible idea. The right thing to do is to shut down Line 5 in the Straits, which Enbridge's own reports have found is a feasible alternative. Join us in taking action to shut down Line 5, and tell the MPSC to say no to moving Line 5 into an oil tunnel.
Michigan can be the first state to shut down an oil pipeline. While pipelines are federally regulated, Line 5 is unique because it crosses the Great Lakes bottomlands, so Enbridge holds an easement from the State of Michigan for the use of the Great Lakes public trust resource. Enbridge has violated this easement multiple times. Michigan's Governor, Attorney General, and legislature have a legal pathway to shut down Line 5. They need to hear from us.
Get involved with the campaign to Shut Down the flow of oil in Line 5 with our partners at the Oil & Water Don't Mix Campaign.