LANSING, Mich. (Jan. 29, 2021) — Sen. Rosemary Bayer (D-Beverly Hills) has issued the following statement after the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy announced today it had approved an application from Enbridge Energy for certain permits required to build a utility tunnel to house its Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac:
“While I understand that EGLE approved Enbridge’s application based on existing, defined parameters for review and our current environmental laws, I am still extremely disappointed in this development because Line 5 poses great threats to the health and safety of our Great Lakes and our economy. Facts matter, and based on Enbridge’s history of disregarding environmental regulations and poor maintenance of its pipelines, I still believe there are opportunities here to look for alternative energy sources and delivery methods that don’t put our waters and way of life at risk.”
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