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Michigan Task Force to Evaluate UP Energy Needs

Distribution of propane in the UP will be one of the top issues considered by a new task force. Distribution of propane in the UP will be one of the top issues considered by a new task force. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer
Created: June 07, 2019 02:03 PM

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is establishing a task force to assess energy needs in the Upper Peninsula.

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Among its top priorities will be finding a way to distribute propane across the region without utilizing Enbridge Inc.'s Line 5 oil pipeline, the focus of a dispute between Whitmer and the Canadian company.

They're arguing over a proposal to dig a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac to replace an underwater segment of Line 5, which the Democratic governor says poses an "unacceptable risk" of an oil spill.

About 25 percent of U.P. residents heat their homes with propane, much of which comes from the pipeline.

Whitmer says the task force will examine alternatives to Line 5 fuels in addition to how the peninsula's overall energy needs are being met.

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JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer

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