Sound Science, Not Slogans or Politics, Should Be the Basis of Line 5 Debate

June 29, 2017

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statement in response to an independent report released by the State of Michigan on Line 5, an important part of Michigan’s energy infrastructure.   

“The Michigan Chamber agrees that the Great Lakes are a tremendous natural resource and state government should take reasonable steps to protect water quality,” said Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley. “However, the notion that we cannot protect water resources and safely transmit vital energy resources is simply not true.”

“Line 5 has undergone rigorous testing and benefits from continuous monitoring and maintenance,” noted Jason Geer, Director of Energy & Environmental Policy for the Michigan Chamber. “Further, extensive safety tests and inspections of Line 5, which have not identified any safety risk concerns, have been overseen and reviewed by state and federal regulatory authorities.”

“Alternative Analysis Report confirmed what we already knew: pipelines remain the safest, smartest and most efficient means of transporting energy and fuels,” added Geer. “Michigan’s energy infrastructure is vital to our economic security, and Line 5 plays a vital role in delivering the resources Michigan citizens and businesses rely upon.”

“’Shut Down Line 5’ may be a clever bumper sticker for environmental extremists and a handy slogan for politicians, but it ignores the facts,” Studley added. “To keep Michigan moving forward, environmental policy and important regulatory decisions must continue to be based on sound science, not bumper stickers or emotional political appeals.”

If you agree that sound science should inform future decisions on Line 5 operations in Michigan, please be sure to submit a comment today telling the Petroleum Safety Advisory Board that you support safe and efficient energy delivery in Michigan. The deadline for public comments on the Alternative Analysis Report is August 6, 2017.