Great Lakes Michigan Jobs Praises End of State Challenge to Constitutionality of Bipartisan Great Lakes Tunnel Law


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July 30, 2020                                                                                               [email protected], 517-575-9564


Great Lakes Michigan Jobs Coalition Praises End of State Challenge to Constitutionality of Bipartisan Great Lakes Tunnel Law
Building the Great Lakes Tunnel will Make a Safe Pipeline Safer, Protect the Great Lakes and Michigan Jobs

Lansing, Mich – The Great Lakes Michigan Jobs coalition provided the following statements, after the state of Michigan chose not to appeal numerous rulings by the court in support of the Great Lakes Tunnel, a project approved by a bipartisan majority of state lawmakers and signed into law in 2018.

The Great Lakes Tunnel project was backed again by Republicans and Democrats in the House this summer, who overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan resolution of support for the critical energy infrastructure project.  The Tunnel is a $500 million private investment in the state’s energy future, and will make a safe pipeline safer by moving a portion of Line 5 out of the water in the Straits of Mackinac and moving it inside a state-of-the-art concrete Tunnel deep below the lakebed.  A study commissioned by the State of Michigan found the project would make the risk of a spill from Line 5 in the Straits virtually zero.

A three-judge panel unanimously upheld the constitutionality of the law that established the Tunnel project, but Attorney General Dana Nessel had pledged to appeal their decision.  Ultimately, the state declined to file an appeal to stop the common-sense project.

“The state’s decision to end its challenge to the Great Lakes Tunnel law is great news for Michigan workers, businesses, and our environment,” said John Walsh, President of the Michigan Manufacturers Association and a member-spokesman for Great Lakes Michigan Jobs.  “Building the tunnel is the right solution for Michigan. It creates and protects Michigan jobs and makes a safe pipeline even safer – all at no expense to taxpayers.”

Said Geno Alessandrini, Business Manager for the Michigan Laborers Union, a member-spokesman for Great Lakes Michigan Jobs: “Michigan workers are counting on the Great Lakes Tunnel.  Building the Tunnel is something Republicans and Democrats can agree on, and a project the courts have repeatedly upheld.  We’re pleased the state’s challenge to the project’s constitutionality is behind us, and Michigan Laborers are eager to move forward with construction.”

Great Lakes Michigan Jobs is made up of diverse organizations, including: 

  • Lake Superior Community Partnership
  • Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Michigan Chamber of Commerce
  • Michigan Chemistry Council
  • Michigan Laborers Union
  • Michigan Manufacturers Association
  • Michigan Oil and Gas Association
  • Michigan Petroleum Association
  • Michigan Propane Gas Association
  • Midland Business Alliance
  • National Federation of Independent Business Michigan
  • Operating Engineers 324
  • Small Business Association of Michigan
  • American Petroleum Institute

To learn more about the coalition, the Great Lakes Tunnel project, or to join the coalition, visit

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