Schmidt supports agreement to build multi-use tunnel to replace Line 5

Senator Wayne Schmidt

Senator Wayne Schmidt

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, issued the following statement on Wednesday regarding the agreement in principle for a tunnel to replace Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac:

“I am pleased that the state and Enbridge have reached an agreement that will protect the Great Lakes and also ensure residents in Upper Peninsula have access to reliable and affordable propane to keep their families warm.

“Michigan is home to some of the most beautiful natural resources in the world, and we must do everything we can to protect them. The tunnel being built under this agreement will help keep our Great Lakes safe for generations to come. Importantly, the construction and maintenance of the multi-use tunnel will be paid for entirely by Enbridge and not Michigan taxpayers.”


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