Negaunee City Council shows support for Line 5

Published: Jul. 18, 2019 at 8:47 PM EDT
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The Negaunee City Council passed a resolution to support the proposed tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline.

The resolution was presented by City Manager Nate Heffron and passed unanimously.

The pipeline runs under the Mackinaw Straits and supplies many U.P. communities with propane and oil.

Recently the Michigan Attorney General filed suit to have the pipeline shut down due to environmental concerns.

The council agreed shutting it down would have devastating effects on Negaunee and other U.P. municipalities.

"If Line 5 was eliminated we'd probably see increased fuel costs for those locations as well. So we want to make sure that we're being sound stewards of the environment and we also want to make sure we protect the economic viability of the Upper Peninsula for everyone who lives here for now and the future," said Heffron.

The Attorney General's suit comes after Enbridge, the company proposing to build a new tunnel for the pipeline, left negotiations with Governor Whitmer and filed their own suit against the state.