Rep. John Damoose of Harbor Springs issued the following statement after the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy approved Enbridge Energy’s application for certain permits required to build a utility tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac:
“I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again – the existing Line 5 pipeline is too important to abandon without a viable replacement ready to go. I am hopeful this permit approval from the Whitmer administration signals that the governor is beginning to understand that as well. It’s a positive step in the right direction.
“Our Northern Michigan homes and businesses need the fuel Line 5 delivers every day – and in the long run, we need this safe, state-of-the-art underground tunnel to become a reality. As EGLE said in its announcement – this new tunnel can be built in compliance with Michigan’s environmental laws. So let’s stop the political posturing and get this thing built.”
With Governor Whitmer set to testify Wednesday before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Rep Damoose says she needs to be mindful that her decisions about energy and infrastructure have an impact on Michigan families and their pocketbooks.
Lansing, MI – Reps. Beau LaFave, Greg Markkanen, and John Damoose released a joint statement criticizing Governor Whitmer’s newest two-month extension of 10pm curfews, 25% restaurant capacity limitations, and restrictions on gatherings in the privacy of your own home: