Enbridge

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   State officials say they’re growing increasingly frustrated as Enbridge Energy reports new spots where Line Five has exposed metal. 

Line Five runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

Governor Rick Snyder released a statement following Enbridge’s latest report. He says there’s no imminent threat to the Great Lakes, but he says there are “significant concerns” for the long term. 

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Enbridge Energy says this year was not the first time some protecting coating was scraped off the exterior of Line 5. 

Line 5 is the oil and gas pipeline that ships 23 million gallons of oil and gas on a route that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

The company just alerted state officials that in 2014 engineers found anti-corrosion coating had rubbed off parts of the line.

HOLT, MI (AP)--   Public meetings are beginning on a report listing alternatives to pipelines carrying oil beneath the waterway where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet. 

The analysis by Dynamic Risk Assessment Systems Inc. was released last week. It presented six choices for dealing with Enbridge Inc.'s Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. The pipeline runs from Wisconsin through Michigan's Upper Peninsula before dividing into two lines on the lake bottom.

Environmental groups want the 64-year-old line decommissioned, saying it's unsafe. Enbridge says it's in good condition.

mightymac.org

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials are preparing to make public a report outlining alternatives to twin oil pipelines that run beneath the waterway where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet.
The state attorney general's office and the Department of Environmental Quality are scheduled to release the analysis by Dynamic Risk Assessment Systems Inc. on Thursday.

MACKINAW CITY, MI (AP)--   Pipeline company Enbridge is conducting federally-required pressure tests on twin oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac. 

The Detroit News reports a test is Saturday on one pipeline that's part of Line 5 and the other pipeline will be tested later this month.

Officials with the Canadian company say the tests should put to rest concerns about the pipelines that were laid in 1953 and the need for additional safety reviews.

Enbridge will pump sections of the line with water for the tests.

PETOSKEY, MI (AP)--   A newspaper reports that twin oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac have had repeated problems with inadequate supports. 

The Petoskey News-Review says inspections by Enbridge Energy Partners have uncovered more than 200 instances in which excessive sections of its pipelines had no support from the lake bottom or man-made anchors.

An easement granted by the state when the lines were laid in 1953 requires that no section longer than 75 feet be without such supports.

michiganradio.org

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A group that wants to shut down twin oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac is taking steps to propose a ballot initiative to voters in 2018.
   The Board of State Canvassers on Wednesday approved the form of a petition submitted by Keep Our Lakes Great, a ballot committee created last week.
   The initiated legislation would terminate a 1953 easement for Enbridge Inc.'s Line 5 pipelines and require the company to no longer transport crude oil through them.

DELTA TOWNSHIP, MI (AP)--   Operators of twin oil pipelines beneath the swirling waterway where Lakes Huron and Michigan converge insist they remain structurally sound even though an outer layer of protective covering has worn away in some places. 

Skeptics say the deterioration is further evidence the lines should be shut down.

ST. IGNACE, MI (AP)--   Michigan officials have approved plans by pipeline company Enbridge to install additional supports for its twin oil pipelines in the waterway where Lakes Michigan and Huron meet.  

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says it issued a permit Monday for Enbridge to install four additional supports beneath sections of the Straits of Mackinac pipelines known as Line 5.

freep.com

MACKINAW CITY, MI (AP)--   The state of Michigan has tapped two companies to analyze the financial risk of an oil pipeline rupture in the Straits of Mackinac and evaluate any alternatives to the pipeline.  

Enbridge Energy, based in Calgary, Alberta, has agreed to pay $3.5 million but will not oversee the studies. Enbridge owns the twin oil pipelines in the area where lakes Huron and Michigan converge.

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