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Environmentalist: Whitmer should close Line 5 before negotiating with Enbridge over tunnel

work being done under Mackinac bridge

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is in talks with Enbridge about a proposed tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac for its Line 5 pipeline. That's according to the Detroit News.

Mike Shriberg is with the National Wildlife Federation.

He says the governor needs to shut down the pipeline first, then talk to Enbridge.

“If Enbridge actually wants a tunnel they should use the existing laws and they should do that,” Shriberg said. “But that's very separate than what happens with the current state of line, and the governor should take action on that immediately.”

Gov. Whitmer's office could not be reached for comment.

A spokesman for Enbridge said in a statement:

“We continue to provide information to the governor’s office and to seek clarification from the administration on a path forward for the tunnel project. We believe the project is the best way to protect the waters of the Great Lakes while ensuring families, manufacturers and other businesses safely receive the energy transported through Line 5.”

You can hear Shriberg’s full conversation with Stateside above.

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Paulette is a digital media reporter and producer for Michigan Public. She started as a newsroom intern at the station in 2014 and has taken on various roles in that time, including filling in as an on-air host.
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