Stamas: Governor prepares to freeze Northern Michigan families

LANSING, Mich. — After Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a new attempt to shut down Line 5 by revoking and ending a 1953 easement that allows Enbridge Energy to run the dual pipeline through the Straits of Mackinac, Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, issued the following statement:

“The governor is choosing to side with environmental extremists over the hardworking Northern Michigan families in this irresponsible attempt to shut down Line 5. I’m most concerned about families with young children and seniors already struggling to pay the utilities and make ends meet.

“If the governor is successful in this reckless action, she will not only freeze Northern Michigan homeowners and workers, she will also freeze our entire state economy and millions of struggling families and small businesses throughout Michigan.

“In addition to affecting real people, the governor’s actions are yet another example of her go-it-alone attitude. The governor talks a lot about us being in this together, yet she repeatedly ignores the Legislature and acts unilaterally with no input or oversight from the Michigan people or their elected representatives.

“I urge the governor to reconsider these actions and to start working with us on important issues facing the good people of our state.”