oil spills

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Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jo-Ellen Darcy, Colonel John W. Henderson

Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline

I’m 13 years-old and as an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, I’ve lived my whole life by the Missouri River. It runs by my home in Fort Yates North Dakota and my great grandparents original home was along the Missouri River in Cannon Ball. The river is a crucial part of our lives here on the Standing Rock Reservation. But now a private oil company wants to build a pipeline that would cross the Missouri River less than a mile away from the Standing Rock Reservation and if we don’t stop it, it will poison our river and threaten the health of my community when it leaks. My friends and I have played in the river since we were little; my great grandparents raised chickens and horses along it. When the pipeline leaks, it will wipe out plants and animals, ruin our drinking water, and poison the center of community life for the Standing Rock Sioux. In Dakota/Lakota we say “mni Wiconi.” Water is life. Native American people know that water is the first medicine not just for us, but for all human beings living on this earth. The proposed Dakota Access Pipeline would transport 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day, across four states. Oil companies keep telling us that this is perfectly safe, but we’ve learned that that’s a lie: from 2012-2013 alone, there were 300 oil pipeline breaks in the state of North Dakota. With such a high chance that this pipeline will leak, I can only guess that the oil industry keeps pushing for it because they don’t care about our health and safety. It’s like they think our lives are more expendable than others’. So we, the Standing Rock Youth, are taking a stand to be the voice for our community, for our great grandparents, and for Mother Earth. Join us, and sign to ask the Army Corps of Engineers to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Sincerely, Anna and the Standing Rock Youth Learn more about our campaign at

Anna Lee, Bobbi Jean & the Oceti Sakowin Youth
561,134 supporters
Started 7 months ago

Petition to Lou Anna Simon

MSU Students Shut Down Line 5

Background Underneath the crystal blue water of the Straits of Mackinac lie two 20-inch pipelines owned and operate by a Canadian-based oil transport conglomerate, Enbridge Energy. Each day 23 million gallons of oil pump through the heart of the Great Lakes within these pipelines. Enbridge has a pipeline network that is among the largest in the world. For Michiganders familiar with the devastating oil spill in the Kalamazoo River in July 2010, Enbridge’s failures have hit home. The pipeline rupture near Marshall, MI spilled about one million gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River system and was the largest and most costly inland oil spill in American history. Between 1999 and 2010, Enbridge has been responsible for 800 spills in North America, dumping nearly 6.8 million gallons of oil. This is the company responsible for protecting the Great Lakes from what would be a catastrophic rupture in a 63-year-old pipeline in an area of the state that is home to tribal fishing grounds, drinking water for millions, shoreline parks, robust Pure Michigan tourism and historic Mackinac Island.  Concerns When Line 5 was constructed in 1953 across the five-mile wide Straits of Mackinac, it was considered a major engineering feat of its time. But as a 2014 University of Michigan study concluded, the Straits are the “worst possible place” for an oil pipeline rupture. Extreme, unpredictable currents that were unaccounted for in 1953 create destabilizing washouts along the lakebed where Line 5 rests. These swift and fluctuating currents could quickly flush any oil spilled at the Straits into Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. What You Can Do  Right now, you can make your voice heard by signing our petition to let President Simon know that MSU Students support the decommissioning of the Line 5 pipeline. We will keep you informed and let you know when it’s time to take more action in support of the Great Lakes and ending the flow of oil in the Straits of Mackinac.  Spartan Sierra Club The Spartan Sierra Club is a group of students on Michigan State's campus that work on various environmental issues. This year, our club has been spreading awareness of the Line 5 issue and hosting events to get students involved.  You can contact us at

Hannah Grall
135 supporters
Update posted 10 months ago

Petition to Department of Justice, Assistant Attorney General, US DOJ-ENRD

Join Friends of the Headwaters: Tell DOJ Not to Support Tar Sands Pipelines in MN Water

In Northern Minnesota, the Mississippi River begins its 2,552-mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico. Before it reaches its destination, the river provides fresh water, recreation and transportation to millions. Yet at the headwaters of this magnificent river, Enbridge is proposing to build a pipeline called “Line 3” that would carry millions of gallons of tar sands and risk massive environmental damage to this vulnerable ecosystem. Friends of the Headwaters formed with a commitment to educate the public about the risks of the proposed pipelines across Northern Minnesota, including Line 3. Made up of local citizens, Friends of the Headwaters has gained state-wide support for its goal to raise awareness about Line 3 and the risks that it poses to clean water in Northern Minnesota. Enbridge is a company with a checkered safety record. In 2010, a pipeline called Line 6b burst into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan. The pipeline continued to pump oil into the river for 17 hours while Enbridge employees failed to act, and even tried twice to restart the pipeline, ignoring the signs that the pipeline had burst. The pipeline spilled over one million gallons of oil into the river, and heavy rains carried the crude oil over 35 miles downstream. Over 300 local residents were sickened by the spill. Cleanup costs are estimated at $1.21 billion, and some areas of the Kalamazoo River will never be cleaned up. Friends of the Headwaters is dismayed to learn that, as part of a proposed consent decree that is supposed to penalize Enbridge for the damage caused by the Kalamazoo River spill, the Department of Justice has ordered Enbridge to move ahead with the Line 3 replacement project. Line 3 has no connection to Line 6b, and there is no reason to include the Line 3 replacement project in this consent decree. Nor does it make any sense for the Department of Justice to require a company to build a new pipeline in an agreement that is supposed to penalize the company for its last pipeline-related disaster. Please sign this petition and help protect the headwaters of the Mississippi River from Enbridge’s pipelines. Ask the Department of Justice not to support the Line 3 replacement project in its consent decree with Enbridge.    

Melodee Monicken
1,127 supporters