State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, today issued the following statement after the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) approved a pair of permits needed for the Line 5 tunnel underneath the Straits of Mackinac. In its announcement, EGLE said the tunnel project could be completed in compliance with state law:
“I am happy to see these approvals and statements from EGLE. People in northern Michigan now have more clarity on issues they were potentially going to be facing without this project going forward – such as a lack of heat for their homes and businesses – after the governor failed to provide a reasonable alternative plan.
“Line 5 and other utilities would be safely housed within this tunnel. It is a proactive, effective and environmentally sound solution. It is time for Gov. Whitmer and Attorney General Nessel to stop their campaign-borne attacks to shut down the pipeline. Hundreds of thousands of people depend on it, and ultimately the completion of this project.”
Northern Michigan State Rep. and Chair of the influential House Transportation Committee, Jack O ’Malley today reacted to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s declaration of an energy emergency:.
Rep. O’Malley, a member of the House Oversight Committee, talks about Thursday’s meeting on the state’s COVID nursing home policies, saying the negative impact of the state’s orders has been significant, and questions the continued silence of Michigan’s Attorney General.
State Rep. Jack O’Malley today called on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Department of Health and Human Services to revise their current 25-percent capacity limits for indoor dining, citing the dire position the restaurant and hospitality industry finds itself in as a result.