CALGARY, March 28, 2019 /CNW/ – After reviewing the statement issued by Michigan Attorney General Nessel and Governor Whitmer's executive directive, Enbridge Inc. (TSX: ENB) (NYSE: ENB) (Enbridge or the Company) is surprised and disappointed they have taken this position with respect to the legislation when the Straits tunnel project will further enhance the safety and reliability of a critical piece of infrastructure that supports the State, its communities and the environment.
We intend to seek clarification from the Administration on a path forward. Line 5 will continue to safely operate, as it has for more than 60 years. Numerous independent reviews have concluded that the line is safe.
“Enbridge worked in good faith with the Michigan government on the tunnel project,” said Enbridge Chief Legal Officer Bob Rooney. “We disagree with the Attorney General's opinion and continue to believe in the benefits of the tunnel.”
The benefits of a tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac include:
- Reducing the chance of a release of product to virtually zero, by placing the pipeline in a tunnel with one-foot-thick concrete walls.
- Preventing an anchor strike from a ship in the Straits of Mackinac by placing the tunneled pipeline 100 feet underground.
- Ensuring Michigan will continue to receive the economic benefits from Line 5.
Enbridge is committed to protecting the waters of the Great Lakes while ensuring families, manufacturers and other businesses safely receive the energy transported through Line 5. We are deeply committed to being part of Michigan's future – protecting communities and the environment while safely meeting Michigan's energy needs.