In a key legal decision today for pipeline developer Enbridge, a Michigan Court of Claims judge ruled the law creating the authority to oversee the construction of a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac to house the Line 5 pipeline is constitutional. Line 5 transports propane, used for home heating, and crude oil to refineries. This is a significant step forward for the Line 5 project, which had faced legal challenges from Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Governor Gretchen Whitmer to cease action on the tunnel.
Following is a statement from the GAIN Coalition which you can attribute to me, Craig Stevens, spokesman for the coalition:
“The GAIN Coalition applauds today’s ruling in Michigan affirming Enbridge’s ability to construct a new tunnel to house the Line 5 pipeline. The proposed $500-million tunnel goes above and beyond traditional safety standards to prevent any potential environmental impact. Furthermore, companies looking to invest in new and existing energy infrastructure require regulatory certainty. Our nation’s policymakers must work together with developers on pragmatic solutions, like the Line 5 tunnel, that will ensure further investment in – and enhance the safety of – our nation’s critical energy infrastructure network.”