Straits of Mackinac

LANSING, MI (AP)--   State officials are kicking off a series of public discussions about the future of twin oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac.

They'll take feedback on a consultant's report analyzing options for Enbridge Inc.'s Line 5, which runs between Superior, Wisconsin, and Sarnia, Ontario. A nearly 5-mile-long segment lies beneath the Straits of Mackinac, which links Lakes Huron and Michigan.

The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Taylor. The others will be Dec. 12 in St. Ignace and Dec. 13 in Traverse City.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state of Michigan is imposing some new conditions on the operation of a controversial oil and gas pipeline. 

Enbridge Energy will replace a section of the pipeline that runs beneath the Saint Clair River with a tunnel. It will also examine similar treatment for a section of Line Five that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

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)--   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--   A state study indicates the benefits of updating power transmission links at Sault Ste. Marie and the Straits of Mackinac are outweighed by the cost.

Commissioned by Governor Rick Snyder and the Michigan Agency for Energy, the study evaluated the possible cost savings, reliability, and adequacy of strengthening ties at those points.

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. 

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.

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