American Transmission Company

ST. IGNACE, MI--   American Transmission Company is removing electric cables from the Straits of Mackinac and putting new ones on the lakebed.

Texas Wildfire Mitigation Project

Undated - The Hiawatha National Forest and American Transmission Company have developed an operating plan to prevent power lines from sparking wildfires. The 30-year plan defines what construction, maintenance, and vegetation management activities ATC can perform… gives guidance for activities performed in sensitive areas… and establishes a new communication framework between ATC and Hiawatha.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The UP Energy Task Force is scheduled to meet again on Tuesday, June 9.

The meeting will focus on how electricity is transmitted through the Upper Peninsula. Presentations by American Transmission Company and the Michigan Public Service Commission will provide overviews of the current state of transmission, from power producers to end users.

Following the presentation and a task force work session there will be time for public comment.

INTERLOCHEN, MI (MPRN)--   American Transmission Company is replacing some electrical cables in the Straits. 

Last year they were severed and leaked coolant oil.

A state proposal would put new cables in a tunnel with the Line 5 oil pipelines.

But Alyssa Braatz with ATC says that plan is risky.

“Essentially co-locating gas and electricity in the same pipeline is a proposal that hasn’t been particularly vetted,” she says.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has said she is open to a tunnel in the Straits.

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.

MACKINAW CITY, MI (AP)--   Officials say crews have finished capping and sealing two electric cables that were severed by a suspected boat anchor strike in the Straits of Mackinac. 

A team of investigators led by the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday the cables owned by American Transmission Co. were returned to the bottom of the Straits.

The company is working with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality on a plan to remove them.

LANSING, MI--   Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed a civil suit against an Escanaba company for breaking utility cables in the Straits of Mackinac. 

Schuette says he was able to determine a ship owned by VanEnkevort Tug & Barge passed through the straits at the time the American Transmission Company lines were damaged and the Line 5 pipeline was dented.

The ship allegedly dragged an anchor across the lakebed and hit the submerged lines.

Schuette says tugboat caused straits damage

Apr 19, 2018

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.

MACKINAW CITY, MI--   The Coast Guard says a leak of mineral oil from utility cables in the Straits of Mackinac may have been caused by vessel activity.

It’s working with the Department of Environmental Quality, a representative of several Michigan tribes, cable owner American Transmission Company, and other agencies to determine exactly what caused the damage. All entities that have active utility lines in the Straits have been told to assess their infrastructure and take any necessary steps to protect it.

MACKINAW CITY, MI--   A Coast Guard marine science technician and an environmental quality analyst for Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality surveyed the Straits of Mackinac onboard a vessel Thursday afternoon.

The responders did not identify any mineral oil sheens, signs of pollution, or adverse impacts to the environment or wildlife.

Members of the U.S. Department of Agriculture are deploying to the scene to survey the area for any wildlife that may be affected by the mineral oil spill.