Pipeline worker in pipe

LANSING, MI – Following today’s announcement by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) that it has completed its review and issued permits for Enbridge’s Great Lakes Tunnel Project to relocate the portion of the Line 5 pipeline that runs along the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac, Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) Midwest Executive Director Chris Ventura issued the following statement:

“Thank you to Michigan EGLE for their common-sense decision to help authorize the construction of the Great Lakes Tunnel Project. These permits are an important part of the process to help this project move forward. Consumer Energy Alliance appreciates how this action will help support making a safe pipeline ever safer – instead of turning to unnecessary litigation and political posturing.”

“With one step closer to the tunnel moving forward, we are pleased this project contains great environmental safeguards for the Great Lakes while also helping to support the delivery of energy safely to Michigan and its surrounding states. By being 100 feet under the lakebed, the tunnel will protect wildlife and fish, while still providing the safest way to bring into the state the essential energy that Michigan consumers rely on.”