Opponents claim discovery of ancient artifacts in Michigan should stall Line 5 progress

Enbridge plans to proceed with its tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac next year, despite the reported discovery of 10,000-year-old Ice Age artifacts at the proposed site.

The four-mile tunnel is scheduled to begin construction in 2021, and will house a pipeline built 100-feet below the lake bed, which the company says will protect the pipes from anchor strikes and other marine accidents.

The company will foot the $500 million tab to complete the project, which will replace the current Line 5 pipeline that has been situated above the lake bed for the past 63 years.

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