US Congressman Jack Bergman is lashing out at Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel for her legal actions to shut down the Enbridge Line 5.
Nessel filed two lawsuits on Thursday in Ingham County Circuit Court calling for a shutdown of the dual pipelines underneath the Straits of Mackinac “as soon as possible.”
Bergman said, “The well being and safety of First District constituents is my number one priority. Since taking office, Attorney General Nessel has waged political war on Upper Peninsula jobs and our energy future. Nessel has chosen to use her position as a platform to promote fear and false claims in an effort to appease the radical fringes of her base. The latest lawsuit by the AG and her politically charged actions regarding the tunnel and pipeline in the Mackinac Straits are reckless, putting UP residents at risk of excessive prices and lack of access to needed propane delivered through Line 5.”
Recent discussions between Enbridge and Governor Whitmer broke down after the company refused to agree to a plan to phase out the pipelines.
Enbridge sued to force the state to honor their agreement with former Governor Rick Snyder for the company to build a tunnel to house Line 5 in order to keep it operational.
“Rather than dragging the state into endless litigation, our state’s leaders should work together to craft energy solutions that keep our Great Lakes safe and not hang Yoopers out to dry,” said Bergman. “State leadership should continue working to ensure the tunnel project moves forward, in spite of the Attorney General’s political stunts.”