State Rep. David Martin today praised Enbridge’s decision to fight back against the governor’s overreach and proceed with work to construct a state-of-the-art tunnel to bury Line 5 deep under the Straits of Mackinac.
Enbridge Energy, in a letter to Gov. Whitmer today, said the governor doesn’t have the authority to revoke its easement for Line 5 – and the dual lines are in full compliance with the federal safety standards that govern them. The company says the pipelines will continue to operate safely until they are replaced upon completion of the tunnel project.
“The governor’s quest to shut down Line 5 and prevent the construction of the tunnel is dangerous – and it would have horrible consequences felt by families and industries all across our state,” Martin said. “The fuel Line 5 delivers to refineries downstate supports hundreds of good-paying, skilled-trades jobs and supplies affordable diesel, gasoline and propane to residents and businesses.”
In addition to the many union jobs supported by the operation of the pipeline, Martin said construction of the tunnel will create thousands of Michigan jobs.
“Constructing the multiuse utility tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac is a great long-term solution,” Martin said. “It’s a safer option that creates and protects jobs and ensures Michigan families continue to have access to affordable and reliable energy – and it’s happening without costing taxpayer’s money. It’s time for the governor to get out of the way.”
State Rep. David Martin of Davison (back row, third from right) and other House legislators stand on the state Capitol steps on Thursday, May 13 in support of Michigan workers whose jobs are supported by Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer this week attempted to revoke the pipeline’s easement through the Straits of Mackinac, putting good Michigan jobs — including many skilled trades jobs — at risk.
State Rep. David Martin and the Michigan House this week approved a measure to help make sure Michigan high school graduates have an opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments with their friends, families and teachers this year.