Legislation that would facilitate the replacement of an oil pipeline in the Great Lakes is headed to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's desk.
The Republican-led Legislature approved the bill Tuesday.
It would require a state authority to quickly OK the Snyder administration's deal for the construction and operation of a utility tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac. The tunnel would house a replacement for a segment of Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline. The company would pay for the tunnel.
Supporters say the tunnel would protect the lakes from a spill, but opponents say Line 5 should not remain open for up to 10 years open while the tunnel and replacement segment are built.