Skubick: Governor signs Line 5 bill, lawsuits could follow

Michigan

The governor has signed legislation to build a tunnel to house Line 5 beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

Now there is chatter at the Capitol about a lawsuit to block the project.

Governor Snyder signed the tunnel legislation over the objections of the environmental lobby which continues to demand the pipeline be shut down.

Local lawmaker Rep. Tom Cochran argues this proposal has been rushed through and he’s all in on a possible lawsuit to block this.

Rep. Cochran: “I don’t think it needs to be rushed through.”

Reporter: “Do you favor a lawsuit?”

Rep. Cochran: “There will be some lawsuits filed against that.”

Democrat House leader Sam Singh complains the governor’s proposal lacked some key elements.

“We didn’t know if these jobs would to to Michigan workers and the company,” explained Rep. Singh.

And while Enbridge, which owns the line, says it would pay for any environmental spills, Republican state Senator Joe Hune is not buying it.

Reporter: “Enbridge said it would cover spills.”

Sen. Hune: (laughter) “Of course, I wasn’t convinced that was the right approach.”

Rep. Mike McCready: “We need to bury those lines. They’ve been in the works with this tunnel idea since 2014.”

Reporter: “Is it safe?”

Rep. McCready: “I do. I think it’s safe.”

And the governor agrees but on a possible lawsuit, he thinks what he signed is legal.

“Many things go to court,” said Gov. Snyder. “We do what we do best and assume we’re doing it on a legal basis. I think we wouldn’t be doing it if we didn’t think we had grounds for what we’re doing.”

No word yet on the filing of a court action that could push the issue into the new year and a new governor who wants to shut the line down rather than build a tunnel fo it.

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