LANSING, MI (MPRN)-- Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Tuesday that he’s filing a lawsuit against a shipping company allegedly responsible for the break of two power lines beneath the Straits of Mackinac.
In a written press release the AG says Escanaba-based VanEnkevort Tug & Barge, Inc. dragged an anchor across the bottom of the straits, causing dents in the Line 5 pipeline and rupturing two power lines owned by American Transmission Company.
Andrea Bitely is a spokesperson for the AG. She says the company could face a $25,000 fine.
“There’s also court costs and cleanup costs that can be tacked onto that,” she says.
A spokesperson for the Coast Guard said their investigation was ongoing and they could not confirm the identity of the vessel.
A spokesperson for VanEnkevort confirmed they are working with the Coast Guard. They say their boat was “among several vessels which transited the area.”