Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority’s first Meeting was held on Wednesday Dec. 19 in St. Ignace.
The Little Bear Arena in St. Ignace was packed to the brim on Wednesday, as the first meeting of the MSCA drew a crowd of over 200 people. The Michigan Oil and Gas Association was well represented, with just shy of a dozen members in attendance.
Following presentations on the proposed tunnel agreement, the newly appointed Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority Board members heard public comment for nearly three hours on the agreement and the pipeline. Over 50 audience members had the opportunity to speak, including several MOGA Members. Among those making comments or in attendance to show their support of
the agreement and pipeline were: Cliff Roberts, Thad Shumway, Ken Prior, Erin McDonough, Mike Cornelius, Luke Miller, and Michael Kler, Tim Rudolph, Bob Parsons, and James Burmeister. Click Here to Read MOGA's Comments submitted on the Tunnel Agreement.
Just before the conclusion of the meeting, the MSCA Board approved the tunnel agreement with Enbridge to build the multi-use utility tunnel beneath the Straits and approved the transfer of a property right that will allow Enbridge to construct the tunnel in bedrock beneath the Straits.
The fixed schedule for pre-construction work, definitive timelines, and financial penalties for missed deadlines established by the agreement, will make certain that the tunnel project moves forward expeditiously, while the independent oversight will ensure it is done correctly. The approval of the agreement ensures the safe and continued operation of the existing pipeline while design and construction of the utility corridor is underway.
“Today’s actions will result in the removal of the oil pipeline from the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac, maintain critical infrastructure connections between our peninsulas, provide energy security for residents of the Upper Peninsula and northern Michigan and create good-paying jobs," Governor Snyder said.