Urge the Biden administration to shut down the Line 5 pipeline
What's At Stake
The Line 5 oil pipeline is only a few yards away from imminent catastrophe in Wisconsin’s Bad River. It must be shut down and purged before any erosion exposes the pipeline to the river current and the elements. Built in 1953, the outdated pipeline pumps up to 540,000 barrels of petroleum per day from western to eastern Canada, cutting through Tribal territories in Wisconsin and Michigan and running beneath the heart of the Great Lakes. It’s estimated that Line 5 has spilled more than 1 million gallons of oil over 33 incidents. Send a letter today and tell the Biden Administration to decommission Line 5!
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