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Michigan Senate OKs Bill to Enable Pipeline Deal

Michigan Senate OKs Bill to Enable Pipeline Deal Photo: WDIO/MGN

Created: December 05, 2018 04:24 PM

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Senate has passed legislation to facilitate a deal for the replacement of a contentious Great Lakes oil pipeline.

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The Republican-sponsored bill approved 25-13 on mostly party lines Wednesday would create a new three-member authority to oversee the construction and operation of the utility tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac, the convergence between Lakes Michigan and Huron. The tunnel would house a new pipeline.

Lawmakers scrapped a plan to have the existing Mackinac Bridge Authority handle the functions.

Gov. Rick Snyder, whose administration cut the deal with Line 5 operator Enbridge, would appoint the members of the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority. He is trying to finalize the agreement before he leaves office.

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