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Enbridge Energy has opened an information center in downtown St. Ignace


Enbridge has opened an information center in downtown St. Ignace.

It’s open to the public and details plans to dig a tunnel underneath the Straits of Mackinac.

In an old storefront, two doors down from Murdick’s Fudge sits Enbridge’s new information center.

Inside are exhibits on the Great Lakes Tunnel.

A mural shows what it would look like inside the tunnel, which could house the Line 5 pipeline and third-party utilities.

A big red circle is painted on the floor, about twenty feet in diameter.

It represents the tunnel’s actual size, according to current designs.

Emma Cook is the senior community engagement analyst for Enbridge.

“It really makes you feel like you’re in the tunnel here. I think it gives people a good perspective.”

Cook says it’s a place for the community to get their questions answered.

The Great Lakes Tunnel is still in the planning stages.

Opponents of the project point to Governor Whitmer’s shutdown order of Line 5 last year as a reason why the tunnel shouldn’t be built.