EGLE Gives Thumbs Up for Certain Enbridge Energy Line 5 Permits

Progress! Welcome news! The AP describes this decision as a victory for Enbridge: “The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) announced Friday that it has approved Enbridge Energy’s application for certain permits required to build a utility tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac.”

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Babies Lives Matter: Thank you, Michigan RtL!

Guess Who Offered First-Class Lodging to the National Guard Troops?

Leo 2.0 has the story.



Congrats! Service Academy Nominees of the MI-01

Restaurant Industry to Gov. Whitmer: Reopen Dine-In Service ASAP

Scott McClallen, of The Center Square, reports: “Representatives from approximately 90 bars, restaurants, and other Michigan establishments signed a letter asking Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to safely reopen dine-in service “as soon as possible” to prevent additional permanent closures.

The Facebook post announcing the letter has been shared more than 1,000 times.

‘This is not about right or left, this is about the livelihoods of everyone in the restaurant industry and the decision to extend the ban on dine-in service from today until February 1,’ the letter reads.

Many of the signatory businesses are philanthropic foundations located in communities across Michigan. According to Michigan Farm News, REO Town district restaurant co-owners Matt Gillett and Travis Stoliker have distributed over 300 meals in 14 days during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and their customers  donated money for 430 additional meals for those in need.”

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Nine UP Public Officials Sign Declaration That Decries Covid Restrictions

From the Baraga County sheriff, prosecutor, clerk, treasurer, and commissioners:

The decision, by these public officials, is supported by the Baraga County Republican Party.

Line 5 Must Remain Operational to Heat Northern Michigan

Note: The following press release was released from Rep. Damoose’s office.

Rep. John Damoose today said the existing Line 5 pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac must remain in operation until a state-of-the-art underground tunnel is built to replace it.The pipeline delivers fuel needed to heat Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. Damoose is fighting against Gov. Whitmer’s efforts to shut down the pipeline without a replacement.

“Line 5 is too important to Northern Michigan to just abandon without a ready replacement,” said Damoose, of Harbor Springs. “The fuel it delivers to our communities is needed to heat homes, schools and workplaces. You can’t simply shut down the pipeline and hope some immediate solution to heat Northern Michigan magically appears from nowhere.

“The fact is, a great long-term solution is already in the works – the building of a state-of-the-art underground tunnel. It’s a safe solution, paid for without taxpayer money. This new tunnel must be allowed to proceed, and the existing pipeline must continue to operate safely until it’s ready.”

Enbridge Energy, in a letter to Gov. Whitmer today, said she doesn’t have the authority to revoke its easement for Line 5 — and the dual lines are in full compliance with the federal safety standards that govern them. Damoose represents the 107th District in the Michigan House, including Emmet, Chippewa and Mackinac counties, and part of Cheboygan County.

Rep. John Damoose Champions January 16th as “Dine-In Day”

Here’s the press release about our legislator’s resolution to support the hard-working hospitality industry which has endured much hardship during the pandemic.


Congressman Bergman Correctly Dubs Today’s Chaos at the Capitol “Disgraceful”

The ECRP appreciates and agrees with Rep. Jack Bergman’s (MI-01) statement which was made earlier today. 

What we are seeing is disgraceful. The Capitol Police saved my life on the baseball field just over 3 years ago and they protect our Nation everyday. Attacks on any of them, innocent civilians, or any elected official should be met with the full force of the law.”

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