This is the final week that the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is accepting public comments on the draft Environmental Impact Statement for Line 5’s proposed tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac. And our allies at the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) have asked for us to take action in solidarity with the affected Indigenous women.
Months ago, indigenous women Asked the USACE for an Environmental Impact Statement of the entirety of Line 5, not just the crossing at the Straits of Mackinac. But their request was ignored, and now the USACE is in danger of approving this crucial piece of Enbridge’s pipeline plan.
Before the comment deadline Friday, will you take a moment to send a message to the USACE in solidarity with WECAN and the Indigenous Women’s Treaty Alliance? Click here to be taken to WECAN’s page and resources for writing your comment.
If you’ve missed the background: the current Line 5 Pipeline, is long past its expected decommissioning date. There are a ton of good reasons to shut down Line 5. And not a lot of reasons to trust Enbridge – thecompany that owns Line 5 and also DAPL, Line 3, and other big, dirty pipeline projects in the US.
Line 5 is pumping tar sands oil under expired permits, transporting 22 million gallons of crude oil each day through northern Wisconsin, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and under the Straits of Mackinac. Enbridge wants to expand the Line 5 pipeline, despite the strong opposition from local tribes and leaders. Only luck has prevented a major oil spill from happening in the last few years. And Enbridge has repeatedly violated the law and their own promises to repair and maintain Line 5.
That’s why local leaders including Michigan’s Democratic Governor Whitmer have opposed Line 5. But, so far, President Biden and his USACE have refused to intervene.
Indigenous woman have been at the forefront of the fight against Line 5 since the beginning. And this week, we have a chance to stand with them opposing a new Line 5 pipeline expansion that would threaten local aquifers and waterways, Treaty Rights, and the climate.