In early April of 2020, Enbridge filed environmental permitting applications for the Great Lakes Tunnel project with Michigan Dept. of Environment Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).
On Monday, May 11th, the US Army Corps of Engineers determined Enbridge's permit application was complete and set a public comment period from May 15th through June 4th, 2020. Comments can be filed with Kerrie E. Kuhne Chief, Permit Evaluation Western Branch Regulatory Office Corps of Engineers, Detroit District by email at Katie.L.Otanez@usace.army.mil. The USACE asks that those submitting comments include a name and mailing address and refer to file number LRE-2010-00463-56-A19. View the public notice here.
Separately, EGLE continues to review the environmental permitting application submitted to the department last month. In a letter last week, EGLE asked Enbridge for more information on the project, particularly more specificity in its building plans. In a statement by Enbridge, the company acknowledged its appreciation for the timely and important feedback and committed to work with EGLE to provide any necessary additional information.
It’s encouraging to see that the tunnel project remains on schedule and that Enbridge anticipates construction to be underway as early as the end of 2021. While the tunnel is constructed, the safe and continued operation of the existing Line 5 pipeline, is essential to Michigan's oil and gas industry and the small, local businesses who depend on consistent access to the pipeline to ship their product.