Consumer Group Disappointed by Michigan Attorney General, Governor’s Halting of Improvements to Line 5

Actions Seen as Thwarting of Energy Infrastructure Development

LANSING, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Whitmer?src=hash" target="_blank"gt;#Whitmerlt;/agt;–The Consumer
Energy Alliance (CEA)
announced its strong disapproval of recent
actions taken by Michigan’s Attorney General Gretchen Whitmer and State
Attorney General Dana Nessel to, as they see it, thwart energy
infrastructure development and hamper environmental progress by ordering
state agencies to halt work on developing technical and environmental
improvements to Line 5 while the state legislature was conveniently
recessed for their district work period.

Following the governor’s order, Consumer
Energy Alliance (CEA)
Midwest Executive Director Chris Ventura made
the following statement:

“This is quite surprising, and also quite alarming, to hear that a
governor has stopped work on a legal, authorized project that has
already been passed by the prior legislature and former governor. This
arbitrary decision by the governor was not because of a judicial court
order. It was to placate extremists whose beliefs are not rooted in fact
or science.”

“The state already commissioned an independent study of the project in
2017, which concluded it was essential to transport the energy
Michiganders use each day more safely and with better environmental
controls. Closing and decommissioning Line 5 is not only ludicrous but
also a pipedream. This decision could harm our environment and raise
energy prices for families across our state. The Line 5 tunnel
construction and engineering are designed to be one of the safest and
most environmentally sound water-crossings in the country while
employing thousands of Michigan laborers.”

“It is unclear to CEA why two state leaders would obstruct a project —
deliberately increasing costs for families and businesses — especially
Governor Whitmer, who has long been an advocate for working families in
Michigan. This order is unconscionable. Michigan already has more than
14 percent of its population living in poverty and the state’s median
income is already below the national average. Why would any state leader
make it harder for low-income families, seniors and people living
paycheck-to-paycheck to get by — and, at the same time, set back a plan
designed to improve our environment?”

About Consumer Energy Alliance

Consumer
Energy Alliance
(CEA) is the leading consumer advocate for energy,
bringing together families, farmers, small businesses, distributors,
producers and manufacturers to support America’s environmentally
sustainable energy future. With more than 550,000 members nationwide,
our mission is to help ensure stable prices and energy security for
households and businesses across the country. CEA works daily to
encourage people across the nation to seek sensible, realistic and
environmentally responsible solutions to meeting our energy needs.

Contacts

Emily Haggstrom
P: 720-582-0242
ehaggstrom@consumerenergyalliance.org