Nessel appeals Enbridge decision

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    Attorney General Dana Nessel has formally filed an appeal regarding a lower court’s ruling last on the proposed Line 5 tunnel through the Straits of Mackinac. 

    Dana Nessel | Ken Coleman

    State Court of Claims Judge Michael Kelly last week said that Enbridge, the Canadian company that owns the pipeline, could commence with building a tunnel, as a Republican-backed law passed late last year intended. The ruling dealt a blow to Nessel, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and environmental advocates around the state who have pushed to have the pipeline decommissioned, fearing a catastrophic oil spill.

    “We always expected this matter would be resolved in the appellate courts,” Nessel said in a statement. “While I disagree with Judge Kelly’s decision, I appreciate how promptly he addressed this case and issued his opinion. This is just the first step in the court process, and I am more resolved than ever to continue this fight on behalf of the people of Michigan.”

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    In a statement on Tuesday evening, Enbridge spokesman Ryan Duffy again stressed the company’s belief that a tunnel remains the best option.

    “We continue to believe the tunnel is the best solution for Michigan and that Line 5 can continue to be safely operated during the period while the tunnel is being constructed. And we are committed to build it.”

    Nick Manes
    Nick Manes covers West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels. His byline also has appeared in Route Fifty and The Daily Beast. When not reporting around the state or furiously tweeting, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Krista, biking around his hometown of Grand Rapids and torturing himself rooting for the Detroit Lions.