UPDATE: Governor Whitmer halts pipeline law

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east leg of the pipeline near St. Ignace as Enbridge prepares to test the east and west sides of the Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac in Mackinaw City, Mich. Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, establishing a panel to oversee a hotly disputed tunnel that will house an […]

UPDATE: The Sierra Club applauded Governor Whitmer’s action in halting the Line 5 oil tunnel.

“Governor Whitmer’s leadership today in protecting the Great Lakes from high risk Line 5 oil pipelines by immediately directing state agencies to halt any work with Enbridge in light of AG Nessel’s decision should be immediately followed by implementing a process to decommission Line 5.  Every day these oil pipelines remain in the Mackinac Straits is a day when Michigan’s future can be drowned in a sea of oil,” said in a statement released by Anne Woiwode, chair of the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter.

ORIGINAL STORY: Governor Whitmer signs an executive directive to halt any actions that further the pipeline law after the Attorney General’s conclusion that it was unconstitutional.

The executive directive instructs the state departments and agencies to not take any further action regarding the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority law or Public Act 359 of 2018. The governors order includes reporting any actions taken since the bill was passed to the governor’s legal counsel.

“I agree with the conclusion reached by Attorney General Nessel,” Whitmer said. “The Great Lakes are our most precious resource in Michigan, and because of their significance, I’ve instructed state departments and agencies to halt any actions in furtherance of this law.”  

The attorney general’s opinion was criticized by northern Michigan lawmaker, majority floor leader Triston Cole, who said, in part: 

“To suggest that lawmakers weren’t clear on the details of the plan they voted for last December is outrageous. This plan was put forward after months of debate, public testimony and rigorous investigation. There were few issues discussed more publicly than constructing a tunnel for Line 5.”

This Executive Directive will be effective immediately upon filling.

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