LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is dropping a proposal to have the Mackinac Bridge Authority oversee the construction and operation of a tunnel to house a replacement oil pipeline in the Great Lakes.
The authority’s sole responsibility has been to maintain the vehicular bridge that crosses the Straits of Mackinac and links Michigan’s two peninsulas.
A spokesman for Snyder said on Monday that he supports lawmakers’ decision to set up a new authority to oversee the underwater tunnel. Legislation in the Republican-led Senate is on hold while changes are being considered.
The Snyder administration is working on several fronts to reach an agreement with the Canadian oil-transport giant Enbridge to replace an underwater section of its Line 5, which carries 23 million gallons of oil and natural gas liquids daily between Superior and Sarnia, Ontario.