State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, today responded to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s recent order to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline by May 2021 – which carries 23 million gallons of crude oil and natural gas liquids daily that Michigan families and business owners rely on.
“My family has worked in the oil and gas energy industry for many years,” Hoitenga said. “And I know firsthand that no one wants to keep our lakes safe more than the oil and gas industry. I have visited the facility many times and have full confidence they are taking every precaution to prevent any spill from harming our lakes.
“We have to quit obstructing these hard workers – I have full faith that Enbridge will keep the line safe while moving forward with a modernized tunnel buried beneath the earth’s surface.”
Hoitenga said she hopes the governor will reconsider her order. In the meantime, she said she and the Legislature will continue to fight for Line 5 to remain open.
“If Line 5 were to be shut down, an additional 2,000 trucks a day would be required to travel on Michigan roads to transport the liquid in the pipeline now,” Hoitenga added. “This would be incredibly dangerous for our environment – much more so than keeping Line 5 open.”
Rep. Hoitenga speaks at a Lansing press conference Tuesday on continued reforms to the state’s Unemployment Insurance Agency. The proposals include an independent citizens advocate and establish a 10-day timeline for making determinations. Rep. Hoitenga says her legislative office staff is doing a lot of work for the UIA and that the agency needs to […]
Michigan House Communications and Technology Committee Chair Michele Hoitenga today criticized a high-speed internet directive unveiled by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and upcoming legislative plans to accompany it – saying the proposals replicate failed practices from other states and are “press fluff opportunities” that lack an action plan.
State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, today issued the following statement after the Michigan House approved the Unlock Michigan citizens’ initiative. The action repeals the unconstitutional law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used to make wide-ranging, unilateral executive orders in response to COVID-19:
State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, today issued the following statement on a recent Secretary of State policy shift which has eliminated walk-in services in favor of a new appointment-based system. Hoitenga currently serves on the House Oversight Committee, which will further explore the change over the next few weeks. The hearings will allow people to share their concerns as the Legislature examines critical services provided to residents through the state: