State Rep. Greg Markkanen, of Hancock, today issued the following statement after the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) approved a pair of permits needed for the Line 5 tunnel underneath the Straits of Mackinac. In its announcement, EGLE said the tunnel project could be completed in compliance with state law:
“This announcement is a step in the right direction for northern Michigan families and businesses. They need this tunnel to provide them with fuel and heat. The prospects of being left without – or waiting for it by truck – is a scary and ineffective proposition. But that’s where we were headed as Gov. Whitmer did not offer any other realistic plans for how to approach this. She simply wanted to decommission the pipeline.
“The Line 5 tunnel is the best solution. It will be effective in getting hundreds of thousands of U.P. residents the heat they rely on while taking immense steps to protect our precious Great Lakes. I hope the governor will get behind this effort instead of continuing to attack a vital lifeline for people and businesses across our region.”
State Rep. Greg Markkanen has co-sponsored newly introduced plans which improve the quality of health care in Michigan while making it more accessible and affordable for residents.
Lansing, MI – Reps. Beau LaFave, Greg Markkanen, and John Damoose released a joint statement criticizing Governor Whitmer’s newest two-month extension of 10pm curfews, 25% restaurant capacity limitations, and restrictions on gatherings in the privacy of your own home:
State Rep. Greg Markkanen, of Hancock, today criticized Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for declaring an energy emergency in Michigan when northern portions of the state face the very real possibility of a greater long-term emergency later in the year due to her decisions regarding the Line 5 pipeline.
State Rep. Greg Markkanen, of Hancock, this week joined his colleagues in voting to advance a comprehensive COVID-19 recovery plan – which works to get kids back in classrooms, help struggling families and job providers, and improve the state’s flawed vaccine distribution program. The $3.5 billion plan now advances to the Senate for further consideration. […]