Earlier this week, the Detroit District of the U.S Army Corp of Engineers formally published a notice of intent for an environmental impact review of the Line 5 tunnel project, and is taking public comment on the matter through October 14th. The Great Lakes Tunnel Project is a $500 million investment into Michigan that will be built deep under the Straits, housing a new 30-inch pipeline responsible for carrying light crude oil, light sweet crude oil, light synthetic crude oil and natural gas liquids. By constructing the tunnel some 60 to 250 feet below the lake bed, the project’s extensive safety measures are intended to mitigate any possible environmental impacts. The Great Lakes Tunnel would replace the existing dual pipelines that currently cross the Straits.
The following is a statement from Craig Stevens, spokesman for GAIN:
“The U.S. needs energy infrastructure, now more than ever. The Line 5 pipeline has been operating for more than 60 years and provides the energy that many Michigan businesses and families rely upon for their daily lives. The Great Lakes Tunnel project goes above and beyond ordinary safety measures by constructing the new pipeline deep beneath the lake bed. Construction of the tunnel project will provide hundreds of local jobs for Michigan workers, while meeting environmental impact standards.
Line 5 has the ability to transport 540,000 barrels a day of crude oil and natural gas liquids, which are vital to both Michigan residents and the U.S. as a whole. Even though gas prices have declined in recent weeks, we cannot become complacent. America has the ability to keep energy costs low, and it begins with developing, updating and maintaining domestic energy infrastructure so that our nation’s natural resources are able to get to market.”