Don't let governor, Legislature push Line 5 tunnel through lame duck session

By Kate Madigan, Member-Michigan Environmental Council & Director-Michigan Climate Action Network

The Snyder administration has been laying the groundwork to let Enbridge build a new oil tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac for some time. This deal would allow the existing dented, corroded, damaged 65-year-old pipeline to keep operating in the Great Lakes waters for at least seven more years until a tunnel could be completed.

The newest twist to the Governor’s plan is the unexpected body that will oversee this tunnel project — the Mackinac Bridge Authority. Hundreds of people showed up at a recent Bridge Authority meeting last week in St. Ignace, including the outgoing Bridge Authority Chair, to oppose this tunnel.

The same day, the Legislature introduced a bill to allow the tunnel and they will try to ram it through in its lame duck session. This is all one big elaborate scheme to give the Canadian oil transport company what they want even though it runs counter to the needs of our state and will of the people.

The outgoing governor and Legislature are trying to lock us into the oil tunnel deal and disastrous legacy and the legislature may vote on this as soon as they return for their lame duck session on November 27. 

Call your state lawmakers and urge them to vote no on SB 1197.

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