Great Lakes Tunnel Moves Forward

The Great Lakes Tunnel, under the straits of Mackinac, received some great news recently in response to the Attorney General’s lawsuit claiming the construction of the tunnel was unconstitutional.

In a recent ruling, Michigan Court of Claims Judge Michael J. Kelly declared that legislation passed last year to facilitate building the tunnel is constitutional. The decision clears the way for the construction of the Great Lakes tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

"We are extremely pleased with Judge Kelly's ruling that PA 359 of 2018, legislation passed to facilitate construction of a tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac, is constitutional," said Jim Holcomb, Executive Vice President & General Counsel for the Michigan Chamber. "The Michigan Chamber of Commerce believes the tunnel is the best solution for Michigan and the Great Lakes and that Line 5 can continue to be safely operated while the tunnel is built," added Holcomb. "Line 5 is critical to satisfying the energy needs of Michigan businesses and homeowners."

Unfortunately, the ruling hasn't stopped the AG's efforts to shut down Line 5. Now the AG is pursuing another legal angle against the tunnel project because she questions the commitment and financial ability of Enbridge, Line 5's owner, to protect the Lakes against a catastrophic spill. Not sure where she is getting her information, but Enbridge has always stated that it "would take full responsibility and pay for all costs related to an incident."

Hmm. Makes you wonder where she's coming from.

"We urge the Governor and Attorney General to stop delaying and work together to get the tunnel built," Holcomb concluded.