Rep. Hoitenga applauds Enbridge for moving forward with new tunnel under straits of Mackinac
RELEASE|March 10, 2020

Company hires contractors for Line 5 construction

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, today commended Enbridge for hiring two companies to begin construction for the Line 5 tunnel.

“I’m glad Enbridge is taking steps in the right direction, despite misguided legal challenges posed by environmental extremists such as Attorney General Dana Nessel,” Hoitenga said. “Building a multi-use utility tunnel is our best option for protecting our Great Lakes, reducing the risk of an oil spill between Michigan’s peninsulas, and providing energy security for Northern Michigan communities.”

Hoitenga said the tunnel will protect our state’s natural resources while providing certainty for energy markets in Northern Michigan, as well as protections for the families who live there.

“I also appreciate that Enbridge will pay the full $500 million for this project, not taxpayers,” Hoitenga said. “This is going to create many good-paying jobs. It’s disheartening to know environmental extremists will sacrifice the prospect of employment and promising futures.”

Hoitenga said even though there are challenges, she looks forward to seeing this project come together and is glad Enbridge is moving forward with it.

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