anchor strike

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The National Transportation Safety Board blames human error and equipment failures for an anchor strike that dented the Line 5 pipelines. 

Attorney General Dana Nessel says the report is evidence the twin pipelines needs to be removed from the Great Lakes.

The NTSB report says the vessel was short-staffed during the Easter weekend as a technical malfunction allowed an anchor to drag on the lakebed. It struck Line 5 and the pipelines were dented.

Enbridge releases Line 5 images

May 15, 2019

INTERLOCHEN, MI (MPRN)--   Newly released video and photos show damage to the Line 5 oil pipelines in the straits of Mackinac.

The damage was from an anchor strike last year.

The photos and videos show gashes and scrapes along both pipelines. Enbridge says they found three dents from the anchor strike—the longest more than 23 inches.

Enbridge spokesman Ryan Duffy wouldn’t talk on tape but said the damage has “all been repaired at this point."

They say the anchor strike is being investigated by the U.S. Coast Guard and is considered to be “confidential.”

Still no report on Straits anchor strike

May 3, 2019

INTERLOCHEN, MI (MPRN)--   Last August Enbridge Energy said it would release information to the public on an anchor strike to the Line 5 oil pipelines. 

But now, over eight months later, Enbridge hasn’t released it.

The Line 5 oil pipelines were struck by an anchor last April. At a hearing in Traverse City last August Enbridge’s Vice President committed to releasing all information the company had on it.

That has not yet happened.

The company said in a statement that it’s waiting for the U.S. Coast Guard to finish its investigation on the strike.

MT. PLEASANT, MI--   The Coast Guard says there is no timeline set for the release of a report on the anchor strike last year on the Line 5 pipeline.

The Straits of Mackinac Alliance is a coalition of concerned citizens living along the coastline of the Straits. It’s calling on the Coast Guard to release the anchor strike report.

The group says there needs to be transparency around the incident and the Coast Guard’s response.

Ross Hammersley is an Attorney Representing the Alliance. He says the report could show how prepared the Coast Guard is for a Line 5 spill.

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.