MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT GREAT LAKES AND ENERGY
Michigan introduces energy security plan in expectation of Line 5 closure
Over the last few years, Michigan officials have been at odds with the company Enbridge, who owns and operates Line 5 -- a major oil pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac. AdOn Friday, March 12, the Michigan Public Service Commission introduced the state’s new Propane Security Plan. Though the closure of Line 5 appears to be a “when” issue for Michigan officials, Enbridge officials in January said they have no intention of closing the pipeline. AdOn Nov. 24, 2020, Enbridge filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Michigan, challenging the state’s attempt to revoke the 1953 easement. Enbridge officials argued that shutting down Line 5 is “improper and unlawful,” and that disrupting the oil flow would negatively impact U.S. and Canadian residents and businesses.
State dismisses case challenging Nestle’s water withdrawal permit in Michigan
A 2018 case challenging Nestle’s permit to extract Michigan water and sell it for a profit has been dismissed by the state’s environmental department on Friday. Residents have also shown outrage over the company taking Michigan water almost for free and turning it into a huge profit. In 2018, residents told Local 4 that the creek was thriving a few years ago, but things have changed because of the water Nestle is pumping out. In an effort to ramp up the legal fight against Nestle’s use of Michigan water, environmental groups requested that Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel step in back in July of this year. Our water use in Michigan ranks us far down on the list of the state’s top water users.
Public weighs in as state considers controversial pipeline permit
“This public hearing shows the process for approving our application is moving forward in a timely manner. Hu said they oppose the tunnel project because of environmental concerns and because it only benefits Enbridge, not the people. Public comment has also already started for Enbridge’s permit request with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC). Supporters of the tunnel project say Line 5 is vital for sending heating resources to the Upper Peninsula and brings jobs to the state. “We urge anyone who can participate to do so in the public hearing portion of this process,” said EGLE spokesman Nick Assendelft.mlive.com