Enbridge’s Line 5 was briefly shut down on Thursday, June 18 due to newly-discovered pipeline damage. Despite Gov. Whitmer's formal request to inspect the damage and report what happened before the pipeline was restarted, Enbridge chose to ignore the request and restarted the pipeline without providing the information on the damage.
Governor Whitmer then asked Enbridge Inc., to provide financial assurance mechanisms as well as an insurance policy for the Line 5 pipeline that names the state of Michigan as co-insured. We know the Great Lakes could never fully recover from a increasingly likely Line 5 oil spill, but at the very least Enbridge’s insurance policy would guarantee Michigan taxpayers wouldn't have to pay cleanup costs should a spill occur. Enbridge ignored this request as well. Instead, they have responded with more lies to the State and the public, including shaky financial assurance mechanisms from their subsidiaries that don’t actually have the money necessary to cover the immense recovery costs a Line 5 spill would require.
Governor Whitmer has tried to negotiate and has asked for minimal assurances to keep our Great Lakes safe. Yet time and time again Enbridge refuses to cooperate in good faith or prove to Michigan that they can be trusted. Enough is enough. It’s time to revoke Enbridge’s easement and discontinue all operation of the dangerous Line 5 pipeline – contact Governor Whitmer today!
Join us in phoning Gov. Whitmer now to call for an immediate shutdown of Line 5, and to start a process to revoke the Line 5 easement.
Call Governor Whitmer
517 - 335 - 7858
RECOMMENDED MESSAGE TO GOV. WHITMER
Gov. Whitmer needs to immediately require a complete shutdown of Line 5, including the purging of all product until a full investigation is carried out by a third party that has no association with Enbridge.
Michigan's governor has a legal duty to protect the Great Lakes, our drinking water, our communities, and our jobs—and the only possible way to do that is to immediately start the process to revoke the easement.
Thank you for taking action to protect our Great Lakes!
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