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Army Corps of Engineers reviews Line 5 tunnel project, to host public meetings

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The Army Corps of Engineers is hosting public meetings as part of its review process of Enbridge’s proposed Line 5 tunnel.

Public meetings are a required first step in the development of an Environmental Impact Statement or EIS. That document reviews the potential environmental effects of the proposed tunnel.

Emily Schaefer is a Public Affairs Specialist with the Army Corps. She said all comments are weighed equally.

“Comments received during scoping will help the Corps of Engineers to ensure that our EIS considers the issues the public is concerned about in relation to the Line 5 tunnel project,” Schaefer said.

The tunnel project cannot move forward without the EIS or approval from the Michigan Public Service Commission.

The public meetings will begin in September and can be found on the Army Corps EIS site. Comments can be submitted online until October 14th.

Once the comment period ends, the Army Corps will begin working on a draft EIS.

Teresa Homsi is an environmental reporter and Report for America Corp Member based in northern Michigan for WCMU. She is covering rural environmental issues, public health and Michigan commerce. Homsi has a bachelor’s from Central Michigan University in environmental studies, journalism and anthropology. During her undergraduate, she was a beat reporter for CMU’s student newspaper Central Michigan Life and interned for the Huron Daily Tribune. She has also interned for the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy in the superfund section. *Report for America is a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms, more info at https://www.reportforamerica.org/