MI - Permit Pause on Great Lakes Pipeline

The state agency that has to green light Enbridge Energy’s controversial pipeline in a tunnel project in the Straits of Mackinac hit the pause button on the process last week when it told the company it needs additional information.

The new pipeline would replace the 67-year-old existing Line 5 that runs through the bottom of the straits.

“The application has been determined to be incomplete as received and cannot be further processed until the information and edits requested have been submitted,” wrote the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy in a detailed May 4 letter obtained by Great Lakes Now.

Specifically, EGLE said Enbridge did not meet the requirement that information submitted for review by the public must be “concise… and easily accessible to the public.”


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