We rely on Line 5 in Saginaw County every day. Line 5 is responsible for fueling our local communities by powering the manufacturing sector, the chemistry industry and equipment that farmers use that is essential to getting food to our kitchen tables. The pipeline also provides more than half of the propane used across the state, not just in the Upper Peninsula.
Of course, these important facts are not typically what we read about in the news. Most of the discussion around Line 5 centers on the small portion in the Straits of Mackinac. The reality is that Line 5 has been safely operated for more than 65 years. The plan to build the Great Lakes Tunnel, which was approved in Lansing in 2018, will take a portion of the pipeline out of the Great Lakes and bury it deep under the lakebed. This project will make the already safe pipeline even safer.
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy approved the permits needed for construction earlier this year, which was a critical step in moving forward with the Great Lakes Tunnel project. As our economy works to recover from the pandemic, Michigan needs key investments like the tunnel project, which won’t cost taxpayers a dime. The Great Lakes Tunnel will protect the Lakes, create tens of thousands of jobs and result in continued investment in communities like ours each year.
It’s time for the Governor and lawmakers to protect the jobs and energy that our communities rely on every day. That’s why we support Line 5 and back the Great Lakes Tunnel. To learn more or join the Great Lakes Michigan Jobs coalition, visit greatlakesmichiganjobs.com.