Dear Chairwoman Talberg and MPSC Commissioners Cadwell, Rittenhouse, Saari, and Eubanks, Director Grether, Mr. Graf, and Mr. Matousek:
It is the consensus view of federal and state agencies, experts, and interested parties, including Enbridge, that a failure of Line 5 along its length, but particularly under the Straits of Mackinac and the St. Clair River, would result in catastrophic economic and environmental harm.
FLOW’s attached comments request a comprehensive evaluation of feasible and prudent alternatives to Line 5 in its entirety, including, but not limited to Line 5 near, in, across or under the public trust bottomlands and/or waters of the Straits of Mackinac, and Line 5 near, in, across, or under the St. Clair River at Marysville, and across the other 245 public trust water crossings in the state. For the reasons described in the letter, the Department of Environmental Quality (“DEQ”), Michigan Public Service Commission (“MPSC”), and State of Michigan have a legally and state constitutionally required duty to conduct such a comprehensive analysis of the feasible and prudent alternatives to Line 5 in its entirety, including both the Straits and St. Clair River.
On behalf of FLOW, our supporters, and the people of Michigan, we ask you to implement this request immediately.