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DETROIT (AP) — Two advocacy groups say the U.S. Coast Guard doesn't have an adequate strategy for dealing with oil spills in the channel linking Lakes Huron and Michigan.
       The Coast Guard approved a plan last year for responding to spills in northern Michigan, including the Straits of Mackinac. A section of Enbridge Inc.'s Line 5 oil pipeline runs beneath the straits.

Peters holds hearing on Line 5

Aug 21, 2018
Kaye LaFond / Michigan Radio

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (MPRN)--   Representatives from federal agencies, Enbridge, and industry and environmental groups testified about Line 5, oil spill prevention, and preparedness at a Senate Commerce Committee field hearing in Traverse City Monday. 

Michigan Senator Gary Peters grilled panelists for two hours in a packed auditorium on the campus of Northwestern Michigan Community College.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI--   U.S. Senator Gary Peters will convene a field hearing titled “Pipeline Safety in the Great Lakes: Incident Prevention and Response Efforts at the Straits of Mackinac” Monday at 10:00 AM in Traverse City, Michigan. 

The hearing will focus on enhancing federal oil spill prevention efforts, preparedness and response capability in the event of an oil pipeline break in the Straits of Mackinac. Line 5, the 65-year-old pipeline crossing the Straits of Mackinac, has been the subject of multiple safety concerns, including damage from anchor strikes.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan agencies released a new report Thursday detailing the risks of a worst-case scenario oil spill from Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline.

Line 5 lies below the Straits of Mackinac and transports crude oil through the Midwest and into Canada.

The report was led by researchers from Michigan Technological University. It estimates a spill would affect 400 miles of shoreline in Michigan, Wisconsin and Canada. Clean-up could cost the state nearly $2 billion.

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MACKINAW CITY, MI (AP)--   Michigan regulators will take public comments on 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. They would be attached to the pipes and screwed into the lakebed.

A public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Mackinaw City.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Enbridge Energy has submitted a report to the state on possible alternatives to continuing to run an oil and gas pipeline on the bottomlands of the Straits of Mackinac. 

Neither of the alternatives would shut down the line.

Shutting it down is what environmental groups are calling for. Enbridge has proposed digging a tunnel 100 feet below the bottom of the straits, or encasing Line 5 in a trench covered with concrete and stone.

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI (MPRN)--   Environmental groups are using a large gathering of Michigan’s political and business leaders on Mackinac Island to pressure the state to shut down Enbridge Energy’s Line 5. 

Protesters were at the ferry docks to greet attendees of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac conference.

Jim Lively is with a Northern Michigan environmental group. He says the line under the straits serves as a shortcut for moving fuel between points in Canada with little benefit to Michigan.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder has approved six-month ban on ships dropping anchor in the Straits of Mackinac. It’s a response to a mishap in April that caused a mineral oil spill and damage to Enbridge Line 5. 

There are advisories on maritime maps that say ships shouldn’t drop anchor in the straits, where there’s a risk posed by the Enbridge fuel line and other infrastructure. But it’s not a regulation. In April, a ship dragged an anchor across the bottom of the straits and ruptured a utility line and dented Line 5.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The company that operates twin oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac says one of the lines suspected of being struck by a tugboat anchor was dented more than three-fourths of an inch.

Enbridge Inc. official Peter Holran told the Michigan Pipeline Advisory Board in Lansing Monday about the April 1 damage to the pipelines running between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

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.