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State extends review of Enbridge's Line 5 tunnel project

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State regulators plan to take a little more time reviewing the permit applications for Enbridge’s proposed Line 5 tunnel project in the Straits of Mackinac.

Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) says it is extending its review until January 2021.
A spokesman says the agency needs more time to consider a large volume of public comments... technical information and recommendations from the State Historic Preservation Office.
An Enbridge spokesman says the company agreed to the 30-day extension.
Last month, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told Enbridge the 1953 easement that allows the company to operate in the straits is being revoked.
Critics say the pipeline poses a potential threat of a massive oil spill