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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018

Contact: Katie Parrish, Communications Director, (239) 537-9507

Michigan LCV: Gov. Snyder’s Line 5 tunnel continues threat of disastrous oil spill

LANSING – The Michigan League of Conservation Voters (Michigan LCV) today issued the following statement in reaction to Governor Rick Snyder signing into law SB 1197, legislation that would create a new government authority to oversee a proposed tunnel to replace Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac.

“After widespread opposition from Michigan citizens, businesses, experts and more, a backroom deal brokered by special interest groups to keep oil flowing through our Great Lakes was hastily jammed through the Legislature in the 11th hour,” said Lisa Wozniak, executive director at Michigan LCV. “We are deeply disappointed Gov. Snyder approved legislation that will keep oil pumping through the damaged Line 5 Pipeline for another decade or more.”

“On Nov. 6, the people of Michigan made their position clear by electing candidates who pledged to keep oil pipelines out of our Great Lakes and protect our drinking water. We will continue to advocate, communicate and fight to protect our water and oppose oil pipelines in the Great Lakes as the new administration takes office,” Wozniak said.