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Thu May 30, 2019, 10:15 PM

Enbridge offers new 2024 deadline for Great Lakes oil tunnel

After weeks of negotiations between Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration and the Canadian oil company Enbridge, the latter has announced that it can complete construction on a planned buried oil pipeline within just five years.

Enbridge originally estimated a seven-to-10-year construction period for its proposed $500 million oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac that would replace the existing 66-year-old Line 5.

But discussions with Whitmer’s office and private “additional commitments” from Enbridge have shaved years off the projected timeline leading to an estimated completion date of 2024, Enbridge said in a statement Thursday.

The company still plans to retire Line 5 in favor of a new pipeline that would be encased in a tunnel 100 feet beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

Read more: https://www.michiganadvance.com/2019/05/30/enbridge-offers-new-2024-deadline-for-great-lakes-oil-tunnel/

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