Senate holds off on legislation to have Mackinac bridge authority acquire controversial tunnel

Nov 29, 2018

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Lawmakers are reconsidering who should oversee a proposed new, tunnel for an oil and gas pipeline under the Straights of Mackinac. 

Arlan Meekhof

A bill would have the Mackinac Bridge Authority oversee the tunnel, but at a hearing Wednesday people raised concerns about the largely independent body overseeing the controversial tunnel.

Committee chairman Arlan Meekhof offered few details about changes lawmakers are considering making to the bill.

“I can’t say what they are yet because there was a number of suggestions offered that did merit some more looking into and I think that they will do that and I think the product will be better,” he said.

Last month, Governor Rick Snyder announced the plan to decommission a decades old pipeline. His plan calls for a multi-use tunnel to be running in about 10 years.