Senate District 2
Theresa Gavarone
Gavarone, Yuko Urge Biden Administration to Keep Critical Oil Pipeline Open
November 10, 2021
In July, Gavarone joined workers in Toledo at an event where hard hats were laid, signifying the jobs that would be lost should Line 5 close.

COLUMBUS— State Senators Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green), and Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) introduced Senate Resolution 211, urging President Biden to keep the Enbridge Line 5 open for business.

Line 5 is a major oil pipeline connecting Lake Michigan to Lake Huron. A potential shutdown threatens over 1,200 refining jobs at PBF Energy's Toledo Refining Co. and the BP-Husky Toledo Refinery, and would have a $5.4 billion negative economic impact. 

Earlier this year, the Senate unanimously passed Senate Resolution 41, which urged the Governor of Michigan to keep the Enbridge Line 5 open for business, after she ordered the initial shutdown.  

Senate Resolution 211 is a result of the Biden administration's admission this week that they were “studying” the closure of Line 5.

“The closure of Line 5 would be devastating for thousands of Ohio workers and would increase already rising energy costs that Ohioans are paying right now,” Gavarone said. 

The potential economic devastation was detailed by the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) in a recent report, stating: “Ohio could lose up to $13.7 billion in economic activity, $147.9 million in state revenue and over 20,000 jobs from the shutdown of the Line 5 pipeline."

Likely repercussions of the Line 5 closure include higher agricultural and energy prices that would immediately increase the cost of living for Ohio households.

“We need to ensure our voices are heard on an issue as important as the operation of Line 5 and I am proud to lead that effort,” Gavarone added.

To learn more about Senate Resolution 211, click here.
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