The Michigan Court of Claims ruled that lame duck legislation passed last year to handcuff the Whitmer administration and cement a deal between former Gov. Rick Snyder and Enbridge is constitutional, after an opinion from Attorney General Dana Nessel declared it unconstitutional.
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Mike Shriberg, Great Lakes executive director for the National Wildlife Federation, issued the following statement in response:
“This ruling is scary for the Great Lakes. The lame-duck tunnel scheme rushed through last year lacked a timeline for decommissioning the existing Line 5, providing a free pass for Enbridge to use the Great Lakes as a shortcut for as long as it wants while it purports to study the tunnel. Whether the Court of Appeals eventually reverses this decision or not, without a timeline for shutting down the existing Line 5 any tunnel discussion is as illusory as a Halloween ghost.”
Shriberg served on Gov. Snyder’s Pipeline Safety Advisory Board, which opposed the Snyder/Enbridge deal last year.
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