After Gov. Gretchen Whitmer dropped one federal lawsuit targeting Enbridge’s Line 5 to focus on a case in the state court system, state Rep. John Damoose of Harbor Springs today called on the governor and Attorney General Dana Nessel to end all their attempts to shut down the oil and natural gas pipeline through the Straits of Mackinac:
“Dropping one lawsuit doesn’t change the fact that the governor and attorney general are trying to eliminate a major source of energy for the Upper Peninsula and other areas of the state. The freezing winter weather has arrived, and Line 5 speedily and safely transports the natural resources that keep people warm at home, school and work. Our officials must stop threatening to shut down the pipeline — a disastrous proposal that would cut off fuel for our communities and increase costs for families.
“Line 5 has a track record of safety, and the ongoing tunnel project, which was approved with bipartisan support, will reinforce the pipeline and enhance protection for the Straits of Mackinac and the surrounding Great Lakes. This administration continues to ignore the energy needs of our entire state.”
Rep. Damoose talks about his testimony before the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday on his HB 5315, which designates the Mackinac Bridge as critical infrastructure and would increase penalties for trespassing from a misdemeanor to a felony. Rep. Damoose says he now expects the Committee to approve an amended version of the bill as soon […]
Rep. Damoose talks about the path ahead for his HB 5557, part of a two-bill package, with HB 5556, that would allow community colleges in Michigan to grant Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees. The plan is out of committee and before the full House.