Some House Democrats Criticize Legal Fight Over Line 5

In a joint statement, state Reps. Brian Elder, D-Bay City; Tenisha Yancey, D-Harper Woods; Wendell Byrd, D-Detroit; John Chirkun, D-Roseville; Terry Sabo, D-Muskegon; and Sara Cambensy, D-Marquette,  said they were “deeply disappointed” by the AG's legal  action against Line 5, adding the legal battle “guarantees the status quo.”

Stop the Line 5 law suit and start the Tunnel.
A Joint statement by members of the Michigan Legislature

LANSING — Public Act 359 of 2018 passed the Michigan Legislature last December creating the
Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority to oversee the construction and management of a utility tunnel
to modernize the oil and gas pipeline through the Straits of Mackinac and house Enbridge Energy’s
Line 5. Attorney General Dana Nessel filed a lawsuit to terminate the operation of the existing
pipeline. In response, the undersigned members of the Michigan Legislature issued the following

We, the undersigned, are deeply disappointed in Attorney General Dana Nessel’s action in initiating
a lawsuit to end the operation of Line 5, with no alternative, after the issue had been resolved
through an appropriate compromise.

Public Act 359 of 2018, passed by the Michigan Legislature last December and signed into law,
tasked the newly founded Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority with overseeing construction and
management of a utility tunnel to modernize the passage of oil and gas. The concrete-walled tunnel
is to be placed approximately 100 feet below the lake bed, reducing the risk of a spill in
the Straits to zero. Enbridge would pay for the construction and operation of the
tunnel. This law solved a problem, through a reasonable compromise, created jobs and
actually shut down the existing Line 5.

The Attorney General’s lawsuit actually guarantees the status quo. This lawsuit will create a
lengthy, expensive legal battle that could take a decade or more to decide, all the while leaving
an aging pipeline lying on the bed of the Straits of Mackinac, until all possible appeals are

Line 5 continues to be a critical source of 540,000 barrels per day of propane and crude oil supply
for Michigan and surrounding areas that make up the regional supply network for the State,
producing transportation fuels and consumer goods, ranging from computers to clothing and
cellphones. Michiganders heat their homes from the products of this energy source.
Our natural resources and our economy are too important to await the outcome of protracted litigation. We need to start the Line 5 Tunnel now.


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