Schmidt reacts to Whitmer administration ending Line 5 easement

LANSING, Mich. — After Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a new attempt to shut down Line 5 by revoking and ending a 1953 easement that allows Enbridge Energy to run the dual pipeline through the Straits of Mackinac, State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, issued the following statement:

“Today’s call to shut down Line 5 places families in my district and across northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula at an unnecessary risk as we head into the winter season.

“U.P. residents remember all-too-well the nightmare they lived through in 2014 when Line 5 had a scheduled shut down for a few months. Prices more than doubled, existing supplies were difficult to manage, and some businesses even closed their doors.

“Dozens of products manufactured in Michigan depend on the products refined from Line 5 in Detroit, Canada and Toledo. In addition to affecting people’s lives, this action will have a devastating effect on the state’s economy.

“The governor’s actions today are yet another example of her go-it-alone attitude. She has routinely chosen to ignore the Legislature and pursue partisan solutions with no input or oversight from the Michigan people or their elected representatives.

“I urge the governor to reconsider this reckless decision and to start not only working with the Legislature on important issues but to also consider the needs of northern Michigan and U.P. residents when making her sweeping decisions.”