Enbridge Line 5 pipelines

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)--   The state pipeline safety board met for the first time Monday since it was revealed that Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline had lost some of its coating. 

The controversial pipeline sends oil and liquid natural gas under the Straits of Mackinac. The board was updated on the coating issue. But it’s waiting on a plan and repair schedule from Enbridge before deciding what to do next. 

The board did recommend state universities start a new study on the risks of the pipeline.

HOUGHTON, MI--   At a meeting Monday, the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board recommended that Michigan Technological University lead a risk analysis of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline.

An alternative analysis for the dual pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac was completed this year, but the first risk analysis was halted three months ago due to a conflict of interest with a third-party contractor.

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LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A state board plans to review problems with Enbridge Energy’s Line Five oil and gas pipeline at a meeting Monday. 

The Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board is expected to discuss what should be done after portions of a protective coating were accidentally removed from a stretch of the oil and gas pipe system that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

Nick Assendelft is the safety board’s spokesman.

“I think the discussion will be on how to move forward with on that, and how to work with Enbridge to get those coatings repaired,” he says.

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LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan’s energy chief says damage to the protective coating on an oil and gas pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac was worse than initially reported. 

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LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Agency for Energy, Michigan Departments of Environmental Quality and Natural Resources and the Michigan State Police expressed concerns Wednesday about new information confirming there are gaps in the protective coating on a portion of Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac, at least one of which was apparently caused during the installation of supportive pipe anchors.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   State agencies have weighed in on the controversial Enbridge Line 5 pipeline.

There’s still time for people to comment on a report about potential alternatives to the Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Agency for Energy, Michigan Public Service Commission and Office of the Attorney General gave their thoughts over the weekend.

The line sends oil and liquid natural gas under the Straits of Mackinac.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan environmental groups are frustrated with Ontario’s support for keeping an oil-and-gas pipeline running beneath the Straits of Mackinac. 

The province’s Ministry of Energy sent Michigan a letter earlier this week that stressed the importance of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline to Ontario.

Environmental groups say this flies in the face of their efforts to shut down the pipeline. Line 5 carries crude oil and liquid natural gas under the Straits of Mackinac. Activists say it’s a massive environmental risk.

HOLT, MI (MPRN)--   Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline continues to face public scrutiny.

Several state officials heard public comment on Tuesday. It was the first of three such sessions planned around the state.

The Enbridge Line 5 pipeline carries crude oil and natural gas liquids under the Straits of Mackinac. Environmental groups say that could lead to disaster.

The feedback will be taken into consideration by independent contractors working on a final report about possible alternatives to the pipeline. A draft of the report was released several weeks ago.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   The public is getting a chance to sound off about a recent report outlining alternatives for twin oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac. 

The report by independent contractor Dynamic Risk Assessment Systems Inc. dealt with Enbridge's Line 5. The nearly 5-mile-long segment beneath the waterway where Lakes Michigan and Huron meet is divided into two lines.

Environmental groups say the pipelines are old and should be decommissioned, while the company says they're in good shape.

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