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Michigan Legislature passes Straits oil pipeline legislation

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Posted at 1:37 PM, Dec 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-11 13:55:42-05

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.