Line 5

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Public Service Commission will hold an electronic public hearing on Aug. 24 to take input on Enbridge Energy LP’s request for siting authority of its plans to relocate a segment of the Line 5 pipeline to a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac. 

Members of the public wishing to make comments are urged to register in advance because of the high number of people expected to participate. 

LANSING, MI--   The following is a press release from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources:

Wednesday, Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Dan Eichinger sent a letter to Enbridge Inc., following up on his request that the corporation enter into a written agreement with the State of Michigan to provide financial assurances to cover all damages and losses caused to property or individuals due to operation of the Line 5 dual pipelines through the Straits of Mackinac.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A Michigan judge ruled Wednesday to keep a temporary restraining order against Enbridge in place while allowing the company to resume operations through the western leg of the Line 5 pipeline.

The order stops short of granting Attorney General Dana Nessel’s request for an injunction against the company, instead extending and modifying the existing restraining order.

Enbridge will be allowed to restart the western leg of Line 5 in order to conduct safety testing. The eastern portion will remain shut down.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   A Michigan regulatory agency has denied Enbridge's request for quick approval of its plan to put a replacement oil pipeline beneath a Great Lakes channel.

The state Public Service Commission on Tuesday voted to conduct a full review of Enbridge's proposal. Enbridge wants to extend the pipeline through a tunnel that would be drilled beneath the Straits of Mackinac, connecting Lakes Huron and Michigan. It would replace dual Line 5 pipes that lie on the bottom of the straits.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A judge has ordered Enbridge Energy to shut down a set of twin pipelines that run through the Straits of Mackinac.

That’s in response to a request filed by state Attorney General Dana Nessel. The attorney general asked for the temporary shutdown of the twin pipelines that carry oil and natural gas liquids after Enbridge reported damage to an anchor support.

Ryan Jarvi with the attorney general’s office says that leaves many unanswered questions about the safety of Line 5 and whether it should even be in the Great Lakes.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan Attorney General wants Line 5 shut down until damage is investigated.  

After an unknown incident caused Enbridge Energy to shut down the east leg of Line 5 last week, Attorney General Dana Nessel has requested that the entire pipeline be temporarily shut down until the damage is investigated further.

Nessel filed the request in Ingham County Circuit Court Monday night.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she is demanding answers from Enbridge Energy on what caused the damage that led to the shutdown of an oil pipeline located under the Straits of Mackinac. 

Whitmer says Enbridge informed state officials on Thursday that an anchor support on one of the dual pipelines under the strait had been significantly damaged.

Whitmer said Friday the information has raised many questions on how the damage occurred and whether the straits are threatened as a result.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   A federal court has sided with pipeline company Enbridge in a dispute over plans to deal with a potential oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week overruled a judge who had found that a federal agency wrongly approved Enbridge's plans. The judge agreed with the National Wildlife Federation that the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration should have considered risks to endangered species and required an environmental impact statement.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition is holding a virtual discussion about Enbridge’s plan to put its Line 5 pipeline in a tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac. 

The event will feature a retired wildlife biologist from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and an environmental coordinator for the Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority. Topics include the regulatory path Enbridge must take to get tunnel approval and tribal efforts to shut down Line 5.

The discussion takes place Tuesday at 6 p.m. Eastern on Facebook, YouTube and Zoom.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   Michigan regulators want more information from Enbridge about its plan to build an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

The Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy told the company this week its application is incomplete. The department wants an analysis of “feasible and prudent” alternatives to the tunnel plan. It also seeks plans for dealing with protected wetlands and plants.

State officials describe the request as routine and Enbridge says it will provide the needed information.

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