The Bay Mills Indian Community Tuesday formally challenged a state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy permit for Enbridge's proposed Line 5 oil tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac.
We strongly support the Bay Mills Indian Community's challenge Tuesday to the state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy's (EGLE) deeply flawed and disturbing decision to build a mammoth tunnel that threatens potential key archaeological, cultural and historical sites in the Straits of Mackinac.
EGLE casually issued a permit to construct the Line 5 oil tunnel while bypassing required studies and ignoring another state agency's recommendations. The issues raised in the Bay Mills permit challenge are significant. EGLE must be held accountable. EGLE ignored the concerns of Tribal Nations and the State Historic Preservation Office and rubber-stamped Enbridge's proposed Line 5 oil tunnel project.
EGLE's shocking deference to Enbridge and misplaced trust in one of the state's biggest polluters was demonstrated as recently as this week in a Detroit Metro Times report that chronicles the agency's failure to independently consider the impacts of tunnel construction on historical and cultural resources protected by the Tribe's treaty rights in the Straits of Mackinac. EGLE's tunnel vision when it comes to Enbridge is not just short-sighted but reflects a deeply troubling indifference to its mission of protection.