Cambensy releases statement on Line 5 lawsuit

State Rep. Sara Cambensy (D-Marquette) speaking on the House floor at the Capitol in Lansing (Archive photo courtesy of House Democrats)

LANSING — Attorney General Dana Nessel filed a lawsuit yesterday to terminate the operation of Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 oil and gas pipeline running through the Straits of Mackinac. In response to the lawsuit, state Rep. Sara Cambensy (D-Marquette) issued the following statement:

“No one wants an oil spill in the Great Lakes. No one. With that said, I’m disappointed to see the lawsuit filed by Attorney General Nessel. Understanding that our Michigan oil and gas pipeline system spans state and international borders, there is no doubt in my mind that a premature shutdown would cause a significant economic disruption. Furthermore, I’m concerned how international trade laws, especially those that protect against major energy disruptions and assure international and state energy security, impact this lawsuit.

“While I believe that this litigation is the wrong strategy for Michigan, I remain hopeful that all parties involved can find a better solution, based on solid data and expertise from engineering, building trades and industry specialists, which protects the waters we love and rely on without jeopardizing our state’s energy or economic sectors.”