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NWF Applauds Attorney General Dana Nessel’s opinion finding the Enbridge Energy Line 5 lame duck legislation unconstitutional

Ann Arbor, MI – The National Wildlife Federation applauds the opinion released today by Attorney General Dana Nessel on Line 5, which also supports the will of Michiganders to move forward on actions that remove this risk from the Great Lakes as soon as possible.On her first day in office, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer requested an opinion from the Attorney General on the constitutionality of the lame duck Enbridge legislation, which passed in December and was signed by former Gov. Rick Snyder. The legislation and the related deals between former Governor Snyder and Enbridge Energy attempt to lock the state of Michigan into an agreement that leaves the Great Lakes at risk from an oil spill. This opinion finding the legislation unconstitutional is another step in the right direction towards fulfilling the campaign promise made by both Gov. Whitmer and Nessel to shut down Line 5 as soon as possible.

Oday Salim, Staff Attorney for the National Wildlife Federation Great Lakes Regional Center, issued the following statement:

“The National Wildlife Federation applauds Attorney General Nessel’s decision that the rushed, lame duck Enbridge legislation is unconstitutional. It is not surprising that this brazen attempt to satisfy interests, subvert the democratic process, and tie the hands of Gov. Whitmer does not meet the requirements of the Michigan Constitution. This opinion paves the way for Gov. Whitmer to move forward as a champion for the Great Lakes and Michiganders by removing the risks Line 5 poses to the Great Lakes, our economy, drinking water and our way of life.”

Beth Wallace, Great Lakes Partnerships Manager for the National Wildlife Federation Great Lakes Regional Center, issued the following statement:

“The Federation looks forward to working to decommission Line 5 in a thoughtful and rapid manner. We are proud to work with an Attorney General and Governor that strive to put the interests of the Great Lakes, Michigan citizens, Michigan’s economy, and our drinking water ahead of using our Great Lakes as a means to export foreign oil. Feasible and cost-effective alternatives exist for the few services Line 5 provides Michigan, as outlined in detail by London Economics International. This opinion is a great step toward fulfilling Gov. Whitmer and Attorney General Nessel’s campaign pledges to decommission Line 5.”

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