Mackinac Bridge Authority Holds Meeting to Discuss Line 5 Tunnel
The Mackinac Bridge Authority met to view and discuss a tunnel that may soon hold Enbridge’s Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac.
The State and Enbridge came to an agreement earlier this year to relocate Line 5 to a tunnel, which would be overseen by the authority.
The future of Line 5 has long been debated and its owner, Enbridge Energy, was recently tasked with looking for alternatives.
The Tunnel was decided as the best option, which officials say would shield the Great Lakes from spills.
Multiple agencies came to give presentations at the meeting, joining members of the public and non-profits who voiced their opinions.
Some say that the pipeline threatens the Great Lakes and must be removed and that the bridge authority should not take responsibility for its replacement.
Others contend that Line 5 is a valuable part of Michigan’s economy and that there would be adverse effects if it was shut down.
The bridge authority did not make a decision at this meeting and more discussion is sure to follow.
As for Enbridge, they say that this is first step to establishing a long relationship with the authority.