Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she’s open to allowing construction of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the channel where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet, despite ordering state officials not to act on a tunnel plan developed by her predecessor.
Whitmer told reporters Wednesday in Lansing her goal remains getting Enbridge’s Line 5 out of the Straits of Mackinac as quickly as possible.
Former Gov. Rick Snyder negotiated a deal with Enbridge to run a new pipeline through a subterranean tunnel that could take 10 years to build. Whitmer stopped work on implementing the deal last month after Attorney General Dana Nessel said a law allowing it to proceed was unconstitutional.
But Whitmer said today she’ll pursue any strategy to remove the existing pipes from the water quickly, including a tunnel.