Line 5

MACKINAW CITY, MI (AP)--   Oil is flowing again through side-by-side pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

Enbridge announced Monday afternoon it has restarted its Line 5, which was shut down over the weekend. The company blamed a power outage. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan had pushed for a temporary shutdown because of high winds and heavy currents in the Straits of Mackinac.

Line 5 carries 23 million gallons of oil daily between Superior, Wisconsin, and Sarnia, Ontario.

ST. IGNACE, MI--   Enbridge suspended operation of its Line 5 oil pipeline Sunday due to severe weather.

US Senator Gary Peters pressed the company to take the action after lake swells in the Straits of Mackinac topped 12 feet. Under an agreement with Governor Snyder, Enbridge reportedly said it would shut down the line if waves exceeded 8 feet.

Last week Enbridge said three dents were discovered in Line 5. Officials wonder if they were caused by whatever damaged an American Transmission Company utility line and dumped 600 gallons of dielectric fluid into the water.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   State officials have given Enbridge Inc. permission to install 22 more anchor supports along twin pipelines at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality issued a permit last week allowing the supports for Line 5.

Enbridge says it's a "proactive" step to fasten the pipelines to the lake bottom and keep them in place when currents erode dirt beneath them.

The underwater pipes are part of a line that carries 23 million gallons of crude oil daily between Superior, Wisconsin, and Sarnia, Ontario.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder will allow oil to continue to flow through a controversial pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac. 

Last month a state panel created by the governor recommended temporarily shutting down Enbridge’s Line 5. That's until problems with the pipeline’s external coating could be addressed.

Monday Governor Snyder rejected that idea.  He says tests show the oil pipeline is not at “imminent” risk of failing. He says shutting the pipeline down likely would create a propane “supply crisis.”

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   State officials have released a final analysis of options for the future of a controversial oil pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac. 

The report by the Canadian consulting firm Dynamic Risk lists six alternatives.

Among them is continued operation of Enbridge Inc.'s Line 5, which runs from Superior, Wisconsin, through northern Michigan to Sarnia, Ontario. The segment that crosses the Straits of Mackinac is divided into two lines.

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.

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.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Legislation proposed in the U.S. Senate would toughen liability standards for oil pipelines crossing the Great Lakes. 

The measure is part of a package introduced Wednesday by Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. They say the bills are intended to boost safety of pipelines in and near the lakes. That includes Line 5 operated by Enbridge and running beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

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