State Rep. Sara Cambensy on DNR’s Enbridge Request

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Department of Natural Resources issued an information request to Enbridge for all their records regarding the easement through the Straits of Mackinac going back to 1953. In response, state Rep. Sara Cambensy (D-Marquette) issued the following statement:

“I am unsure what the Administration’s goal is in continuing to bombard a single company with tedious information requests on issues that are already public and have been thoroughly vetted by current and past state legal teams. The courts have also upheld them.

“I’m concerned. International trade laws – especially those that protect against major energy disruptions and assure international and state energy security – are in place to protect against abrupt changes in state law. At this point, Michigan is starting to become known as a state with no certainty. There is no certainty that rural residents’ energy concerns are being addressed in pragmatic, rational ways. And Michigan businesses are concerned about whether to make major investments in our state if they require large energy loads.

“After working with the Snyder Administration for a ‘double wall or not at all solution,’ environmental groups keep moving the goal post. I’m disappointed in this onerous request that has come so late in the process. It is slowing down progress on a real solution.”