MPSC CommissionersBIG UPDATE:

The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) ruled on April 21, 2021, to include climate evidence in their review of Enbridge's proposed Line 5 oil tunnel! 

This is a historic decision. The first time greenhouse gases will be included in a review under the Michigan Environmental Protection Act. We will now be able to provide evidence not only about the climate impacts of the construction of the tunnel, but also the products the pipeline carries. 

Thank you to the 120 businesses and organizations and the more than 2000 people who signed our letter urging the Commissioners to include climate change.

Thanks to you and the tireless actions of thousands of others, we've won a major step in the fight to prevent an oil tunnel and fight climate change and pollution! We will continue to work with our partners at the Environmental Law & Policy Center and expert witnesses to present this evidence.

For more information, check out our press release and the video below about the Commission's decision. 

Thank you and CONGRATULATIONS for helping us win this monumental decision!

 

Dear Commissioners:

Allowing Enbridge to build a massive oil tunnel - and to restart the Line 5 oil pipeline that Gov. Whitmer has ordered shut down - will have significant impacts on our climate and our state. Building this oil tunnel at a time when scientists say we must cut climate emissions by 45% this decade is a terrible idea, and Enbridge has been fighting to keep all evidence about climate change from even being considered. In the midst of the burgeoning climate crisis, it would be irresponsible to allow Enbridge to narrow the scope of the review of this project so severely that the most important issues are excluded. We urge you to include evidence about climate change, other significant environmental risks, and public need in your review of Enbridge’s proposed oil tunnel project.

 

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  • Katelyn Kikstra
    endorsed 2021-03-24 11:21:54 -0400
  • Ed Dvorscak
    endorsed 2021-03-24 11:20:16 -0400
  • Karen Pierce
    endorsed 2021-03-24 11:20:09 -0400
  • David Arnosti
    endorsed 2021-03-24 11:19:35 -0400
  • Rick Freiman
    endorsed 2021-03-24 11:19:11 -0400
    We need to be transitioning away from fossil fuels NOW.
  • Michael Buza
    endorsed 2021-03-24 11:15:53 -0400
    I spent this morning reading how fossil fuel companies are leaving behind stranded assets because we are moving away from fossil fuel. They mostly spoke about oil and gas drilling fields. These are leaving behind leaking gas fields because there are enough money in escrow to properly cap these fields. Many of these companies are going out of business so there is not money to cap these leaking fields that damage the environment. Enbridge is most likely in the same situation. I have read that there is a significant likelihood that Enbridge will go out of business. If so Line 5 will be a stranded asset the tax payers will have to pick up the cost of decommissioning. In a world that is moving away from fossil fuel it is not in the public interest to allow this company to build a asset that very likely will not be around for it to pay for itself and the public will be stuck with this white elephant
  • Michael Buza
    endorsed 2021-03-24 11:15:07 -0400
    I spent this morning reading how fossil fuel companies are leaving behind stranded assets because we are moving away from fossil fuel. They mostly spoke about oil and gas drilling fields. These are leaving behind leaking gas fields because there are enough money in escrow to properly cap these fields. Many of these companies are going out of business so there is not money to cap these leaking fields that damage the environment. Enbridge is most likely in the same situation. I have read that there is a significant likelihood that Enbridge will go out of business. If so Line 5 will be a stranded asset the tax payers will have to pick up the cost of decommissioning. In a world that is moving away from fossil fuel it is not in the public interest to allow this company to build a asset that very likely will not be around for it to pay for itself and the public will be stuck with this white elephant
  • Michael Buza
    endorsed 2021-03-24 11:15:07 -0400
    I spent this morning reading how fossil fuel companies are leaving behind stranded assets because we are moving away from fossil fuel. They mostly spoke about oil and gas drilling fields. These are leaving behind leaking gas fields because there are enough money in escrow to properly cap these fields. Many of these companies are going out of business so there is not money to cap these leaking fields that damage the environment. Enbridge is most likely in the same situation. I have read that there is a significant likelihood that Enbridge will go out of business. If so Line 5 will be a stranded asset the tax payers will have to pick up the cost of decommissioning. In a world that is moving away from fossil fuel it is not in the public interest to allow this company to build a asset that very likely will not be around for it to pay for itself and the public will be stuck with this white elephant
  • Christine Danner
    endorsed 2021-03-24 11:14:18 -0400
  • Loren Clift
    endorsed 2021-03-24 11:12:45 -0400
    A pipeline to move dirty tar-sands oil from Canadian companies to offer a way to move a product that needs stop being used.

    If you have no backbone to shut this down, make a deal with Embridge that they need to pay for renewable energy, equaling the product sent through a pipeline. (Nuclear power is not renewable)
  • Ken Beck
    endorsed 2021-03-24 11:11:59 -0400
  • Nancy Berg
    Holland Area Citizens'Climate Lobby endorsed 2021-03-24 11:11:41 -0400
    We need to think of Climate Change and the need for sustaining a Fresh Water supply!
  • Anne Rogers
    endorsed 2021-03-24 11:11:05 -0400
  • Linda Dunigan
    endorsed 2021-03-24 11:10:04 -0400
    Climate change must be considered! It’s life or death now for us!
  • Kathleen Swantek
    endorsed 2021-03-24 11:07:27 -0400
  • Patty Spinelli
    endorsed 2021-03-24 11:06:32 -0400
  • Peter Wolcott
    endorsed 2021-03-24 11:06:09 -0400
  • Ronald Wooster
    endorsed 2021-03-24 11:04:43 -0400
  • Keith D'Alessandro
    endorsed 2021-03-24 11:03:43 -0400
  • Kathy Smith
    endorsed 2021-03-24 11:02:28 -0400
  • Phillip Mikesell
    endorsed 2021-03-24 11:01:59 -0400
  • Richard Taylor
    endorsed 2021-03-24 11:01:40 -0400
  • Susan Burack
    endorsed 2021-03-24 10:59:02 -0400
    We have been working to shut down this environmental nightmare for too many years. Please do not put Pure Michigan at risk..
  • Jacqueline Plasters
    endorsed 2021-03-24 10:53:51 -0400
  • Brock Rodgers
    Foresight Management endorsed 2021-03-24 10:53:16 -0400
  • Michael McGillivray
    endorsed 2021-03-24 10:52:41 -0400
  • Tami Renkoski
    endorsed 2021-03-24 10:51:40 -0400
  • Patrick Race
    Climate Stick Project, Inc. endorsed 2021-03-24 10:51:35 -0400
    Money spent on keeping fossil fuels as a source of energy is wasteful in two ways: It allows CO2 to continue to be placed in the atmosphere and it diverts funds from supporting green energy. Staff members who do not understand this should move to different jobs – they are not helping the people of Michigan.
  • Thomas McWhertor
    endorsed 2021-03-24 10:50:48 -0400
    Of course MPSC ought to take climate change into consideration -not just in this decision but in each and every decision it makes —and even in questioning the public utility infrastructure that seems to be already out of date as climate change proceeds.
  • Robert Hoekstra
    endorsed 2021-03-24 10:48:31 -0400
    Line 5 is close to 65 years old if it isn’t that old already. A monstrous leak or rupture is a disaster that’s just waiting to happen under the circumstances. Whether a tunnel is built around the pipeline or not makes no difference. The pipeline needs to be shut down before a disaster strikes. A tunnel doesn’t solve the problem.

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