(The Center Square) – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted have joined a growing list of officials stepping up pressure on President Joe Biden and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to keep a pipeline that affects fuel supply across Ohio, along with 20,000 jobs.
DeWine and Husted sent a letter to Biden seeking to keep Enbridge’s pipeline in service, saying a shutdown would lead to significant problems in supply chains, unemployment and fuel costs.
“Any disruption to Line 5 operations would have a devastating impact on the economy of Northwest Ohio, further hurting industry supply chains, eliminating thousands of well-paying jobs and increasing the cost.” fuel for transportation, heating homes and products used by Americans. every day, ”the letter read.
The Consumer Energy Alliance announced that a Line 5 closure would result in a loss of economic activity of $ 20.8 billion and a reduction of $ 8.3 billion in gross state product, cost 33,755 jobs , eliminate $ 2.36 billion in wages and reduce tax revenues by $ 265.7 million.
Over 20,000 of these jobs are in Ohio.
The Ohio Chamber of Commerce joined the General Assembly and other groups in the same effort.
White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said this month that the administration was studying the impact of the closure of Enbridge Line 5, an oil pipeline that lies deep in the Strait of Mackinac and transports light crude oil, light synthetic crude and natural gas. liquids.
A plan was approved by former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to allow Enbridge to create a tunnel to house the pipeline below the lake bed and avoid any environmental issues. After the militants were pushed back, the new Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel blocked plans for the tunnel and sought to completely downgrade Line 5.
The Line 5 pipeline serves two Oregon refineries in northwest Ohio. Ohio officials say shutting the line would cause significant disruption to the supply chain, which serves as a source of jet fuel at several regional and international airports, including Cleveland and Detroit.
A Line 5 closure affects jobs and fuel availability in the region, according to Enbridge, leaving Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec with a supply shortage of 14 , 7 million US gallons per day in gas, diesel and jet. fuel. This represents around 45% of the current supply.