Enbridge Line 5 pipelines

MACKINAW CITY, MI (AP)--   More than two dozen people spoke out at a public hearing against a proposal for more anchor supports in the Straits of Mackinac to bolster twin oil pipelines.

Enbridge Inc. is asking the Department of Environmental Quality to allow installation of 48 additional supports for its Line 5 pipes. A public hearing Wednesday evening in Mackinaw City drew waterfront property owners, environmentalists and others.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A new bill by state lawmakers would prohibit any anchor dropping in the Straits of Mackinac.

The measure comes after an anchor damaged Enbridge’s Line 5 oil and gas pipeline.

In May, Governor Rick Snyder approved an emergency rule that temporarily made the Straits of Mackinac a no-anchor zone. One bill introduced would make that rule permanent.

But lawmakers also introduced bills they say will help make sure the pipelines in the Great Lakes are safe.

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder wants an oil and gas pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac to eventually be de-commissioned. He said so speaking to reporters on Mackinac Island.

MACKINAW CITY, MI (MPRN)--   An electrical cable that leaked hundreds of gallons of mineral oils into the Straits of Mackinac will be inspected – as soon as the weather clears up. 

Unified Command is a team of local, state and federal officials that responded to the spill reported earlier this month. The owner of the cable line, American Transmission Company is also on the team.

The plan is to send a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) under the water to inspect the line.

Anchor could be to blame for Straits leak

Apr 12, 2018

MACKINAW CITY, MI--   Authorities are trying to determine whether an anchor strike may be responsible for synthetic fluid leaking into the Straits of Mackinac. 

An electric transmission line could have sustained damage from a ship’s anchor, causing the leak. A report also says the controversial Enbridge Line 5 pipeline under the Straits shows signs it may have been hit several times by an anchor.

The news prompted Governor Rick Snyder to urge Enbridge to accelerate replacement of older pipelines, including the 65-year-old Line 5.

HOUGHTON, MI--   The state has reached an agreement with Michigan Tech to conduct a risk analysis of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. 

A team of public and private universities led by Dr. Guy Meadows is expected to complete the study by September. Meadows is the director of the Great Lakes Research Center at Tech. The analysis will evaluate Enbridge’s liability for a worst-case-scenario pipeline spill.


LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state’s pipeline safety board wants a controversial line temporarily shut down. 

Enbridge’s Line Five has been under the microscope lately about problems with the protective coating.  Now the board has made recommendations after Governor Rick Snyder struck a deal with Enbridge.  

Two weeks ago, the governor and Enbridge agreed to new safety measures for Line 5, which is the pipeline runs through the Straits of Mackinac.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A government panel is scheduled for a briefing on a recent agreement between Michigan officials and the company that operates twin oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac. 

The Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board will discuss the deal during its quarterly meeting Monday in Lansing. It calls for the state and Canadian pipeline operator Enbridge Inc. to decide the future of Line 5 by Aug. 15.

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.