The Detroit Free Press has featured an opinion piece from Michigan Oil and Gas Association Chairman, Brian Dorr and President, Jason Geer on Michigan's critical energy infrastructure and the importance of the safe, continued operation of Line 5 while the tunnel is constructed.
Timing of Line 5 closure could hardly be worse| Opinion
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to unilaterally close the Michigan pipeline – Line 5 – that provides energy for Michigan residents comes as no surprise given the administration’s ongoing political rhetoric on the issue. What is shocking is why the governor would choose now to deliberately create an unnecessary energy crisis in the height of the growing pandemic and economic crisis. Given that the energy supply line continues to operate safely, as verified by recent federal agency reviews which were credited by a Michigan judge, and there is already a plan in motion to replace it with a much safer alternative, it is hard to conclude that the governor’s actions to immediately shut down the pipeline are necessary.