Public has five days to weigh in on draft Line 5 tunnel agreement


    Michigan residents have five days to comment on a draft agreement with Canadian energy company Enbridge that would last 99 years for a new pipeline and tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac.

    The agreements, released Thursday, are found online and the public has three business days to weigh in. The following day, a public meeting will be held in St. Ignace by the newly created Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority.

    Finalizing the agreement between the authority and Enbridge is a priority for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who said Wednesday that it is better to finish a project he’s been working on for four years instead of passing it off to the next person.

    “Rather than saying to someone new that doesn’t have all that background here, I’m going to turn something over to you that I’ve been working on for years and years that I could have finished up, instead I’m going to dump it in your lap,” he said, explaining his reasoning for getting the authority in place.

    The Michigan Senate confirmed the members appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to serve on the newly created Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority on Thursday, a few hours after the draft agreements with the energy company were released. The Senate confirmation was mandated by the legislation creating the new tunnel board that Snyder signed into law Wednesday.

    The Senate confirmations occurred one day after Snyder announced his picks to serve the six-year terms, and hours after a new name was chosen.

    To leave a public comment: Call 833-367-6713 or email

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