The Michigan Chamber of Commerce represents businesses of every size and type in every county in Michigan. The chamber has issued the statement in response to the Oct. 3 announcement by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Enbridge to further protect the water quality of the Great Lakes and replace Line 5, the oil and gas pipeline that crosses the Straits of Mackinac, with a new state-of-the-art underground tunnel.
“We commend Governor Snyder and Enbridge for reaching a practical, problem-solving agreement that will further safeguard Great Lakes’ water quality and modernize critical energy infrastructure for homeowners and job providers in Michigan’s Upper and Lower peninsulas at no expense to state and local taxpayers,” said Michigan Chamber President and CEO Rich Studley. “This wide-ranging legal agreement will provide Michiganders who care about water quality with safety, certainty and predictability as Enbridge and the state of Michigan move forward together to resolve this long-standing issue in a way that is responsible, fair and balanced.”
Studley explained in the statement that the alternative to the agreement, which is legally binding, would be years of costly litigation at taxpayer expense without a replacement for Line 5. He added that for the 2018 election year, candidates seeking state office have sought to politicize the debate over energy policy and environmental protection with what he called bumper-sticker solutions to Line 5.
“Gov. Snyder and Enbridge deserve credit for working to resolve this issue in a spirit of relentless positive action instead of reckless political action,” Studley said.