ST. IGNACE, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – The Enbridge Energy Line 5 tunnel project is steadily moving forward after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started the necessary paperwork this week.

The Corps began the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) scoping process with the Notice of Intent (NOI) publishing in the Federal Register this week.

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The NOI informs the public of the upcoming environmental analysis and describes how the public can become involved in the EIS process for the Enbridge’s Line 5 Pipeline Tunnel project beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

Anyone, including Tribal Nations, agencies, communities, organizations, and citizens can provide input during the 60-day scoping process. Submissions are accepted via mail, through the project website or in meetings during the scoping period.

The scoping period runs until October 14.

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Line 5 provides crucial energy and heat to much of Michigan. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel are still in court trying to shutdown the pipeline with no solid plan to provide energy to the state.

In 2021, Enbridge settled a lawsuit with a shipping firm and owners of a vessel after an anchor struck Line 5 in 2018.