Attorney General Bill Schuette says the controversial Line 5 pipeline operated by Enbridge in the Straits of Mackinac should close and be replaced with a safer alternative.
Schuette says replacing the pipeline will create new jobs and help avoid an accidental spill in the region.
According to reports:
"Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Thursday called for the development of a “specific and definite timetable” to close Enbridge Energy Inc.’s aging Line 5 dual pipelines under the Straits of Mackinac.
Schuette’s comments came as his office, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Natural Resources and Agency for Energy released a long-awaited Line 5 alternatives assessment conducted for the state by an independent contractor.
The 337-page report states the 64-year-old Line 5 could operate indefinitely, but Schuette said he “strongly” disagreed. One alternative, he said, would be to construct a tunnel under the straits that could serve a similar function but allow for continuous visual inspection while creating infrastructure and construction jobs."