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LANSING – The Michigan League of Conservation Voters today issued the following statement after Enbridge Energy filed a lawsuit against the state to enforce a backroom deal struck between the Canadian oil company and former Gov. Rick Snyder that would allow a tunnel to be built under the Straits of Mackinac to replace Line 5.

“The backroom deal to keep Canadian oil pumping under our Great Lakes was jammed through during Lame Duck and will only keep our Great Lakes at risk of a disastrous oil spill,” said Lisa Wozniak, executive director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. “Oil pipelines do not belong in our Great Lakes, and a tunnel, which would take nearly a decade to build, is the wrong path forward for our state and would imperil our waters.”

“Gov. Whitmer has made protecting our Great Lakes her number one priority from the very beginning. We urge her to resist Enbridge Energy’s attempts to maximize its profits at the risk of our most precious natural resource. The only way to truly prevent an oil spill is to shut down Line 5 immediately,” Wozniak added.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, June 6, 2019

Contact: Nick Dodge, Byrum & Fisk Advocacy Communications (517) 333-1606