Beth LeBlanc The Detroit News Published 6:00 AM EST Jan 24, 2019 The state of Michigan has issued its first permit to Enbridge Energy for a controversial Line 5 tunnel construction project, even as the governor and attorney general have questioned the legality of the construction agreement. Weeks prior to the passage of legislation enabling the project, Enbridge submitted permit applications to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Army Corps of Engineers to begin taking rock and soil samples from the area, said Enbridge spokesman Ryan Duffy. The DEQ on Tuesday issued the permit. A public hearing on the permit application was held Nov. 27, more than two weeks before Republican former Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law creating the tunnel's oversight body, the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority. Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel started a review of the legislation and other agreements Jan. 2 at the request of Gov. Gretchen … [Read more...] about State issues initial Line 5 tunnel project permit amid Nessel review
ELON Musk has unveiled his super-fast transport tunnel underneath LA - a project of his firm 'The Boring Company'. But just what is The Boring Company? We take a look at the business founded by the Tesla chief in closer detail. What is the Boring Company? Elon Musk’s “The Boring Company” was founded in 2016 in California. The company focuses on infrastructure and tunnel construction, and primarily looks at how tunnels can help to ease traffic and congestion in Los Angeles, claiming the 2D transportation network at present is not viable anymore. In February 2017, the company began digging a 30-foot-wide, 50-foot-long and 15-foot-deep testing trench on the premises of SpaceX's offices in Hawthorne, California, as construction on the firm’s own site would not require any permits. Musk describes this venture as a “personal hobby” and invests around “two to three per cent” of his time. Musk hopes that the introduction of electric skates will … [Read more...] about What does Elon Musk’s Boring Company do, what’s happening with the tunnel and do they sell flamethrowers?
Beth LeBlanc The Detroit News Published 4:03 PM EST Dec 14, 2018 Lansing — A proposed agreement between the state of Michigan and Enbridge could scuttle Democratic Attorney General-elect Dana Nessel’s plans to seek an injunction against the controversial Line 5 oil pipeline that's in use beneath the Straits of Mackinac. While on the campaign trail, Nessel said she felt confident she could shut down Line 5 by filing a lawsuit in the Court of Claims alleging the oil company violated its 1953 easement. But a proposed agreement between the state and Enbridge released Thursday appears to challenge those plans by including a section that asserts the company is in compliance with the easement as long as it meets benchmarks for financial assurances, visually inspects and repairs pipeline coatings, and maintains supports for the pipeline. “Based on currently available information, the state is not aware of any violation of the 1953 easement that … [Read more...] about Proposed Line 5 tunnel deal appears to preempt promised Nessel lawsuit
Paul Egan Detroit Free Press Published 11:17 AM EST Dec 12, 2018 LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday signed legislation to create a new authority to oversee a proposed Line 5 tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac and named a top aide, an academic and a labor leader as its three members. Snyder signed Senate Bill 1197 to create the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority one day after he received the bill from the Legislature. That's unusually quick, but Snyder wants to get the authority up and running and agreements finalized with Canadian energy giant Enbridge, the operator of the aging oil pipeline that crosses the Straits of Mackinac, before the end of the year. That's when Democrats Gretchen Whitmer and Dana Nessel assume the offices of governor and attorney general respectively. More on freep.com: Snyder to sign Enbridge Line 5 tunnel bill after lawmakers give final OK The most controversial bills in Michigan's lame duck legislature Both oppose the tunnel plan … [Read more...] about Snyder signs tunnel bill, makes appointments, with record speed
Beth LeBlanc The Detroit News Published 10:56 AM EST Dec 12, 2018 Lansing — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder wasted no time Wednesday signing into law legislation creating an authority to oversee the construction of a tunnel to house Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac. Snyder signed the legislation a day after both the Republican-controlled Senate and House approved it over the objections of environmentalists, who argue Line 5 should be immediately decommissioned to prevent a potential major oil spill. Snyder also announced his appointees to the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority, which included two Democrats and one Republican. The term-limited Republican governor seemed to be extending an olive branch to critics, and perhaps Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer, by appointing two Democrats who support the tunnel project. The legislation requires that at most two authority members can be from the same political party. The appointees … [Read more...] about Snyder signs bill creating Line 5 tunnel authority; appoints 3 members