Line 5

MARQUETTE, MI--   The U.P. Energy Task Force is meeting in Marquette Tuesday. 

The working session will take place from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in NMU's Harden Hall (the library building) room 109. It will include the opportunity for public comment.

The group is tasked with assessing the U.P.’s energy needs and how they’re being met, then formulating alternative solutions for meeting those needs.


PETOSKEY, MI (AP)--   A Canadian-based energy transportation company's preparation of a proposed tunnel that would house a petroleum pipeline caused a borehole to collapse in Michigan, which left debris in the waterway. 

The Petoskey News-Review reports Enbridge Energy had been collecting rock and soil samples, which it finished September 12. But documents obtained by the newspaper show that the company did not report the incident to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy until November 19.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   Enbridge says it has completed sediment and rock sampling in preparation for building a Michigan oil pipeline tunnel that some state leaders and environmentalists hope to block.

The Canadian company said Thursday its crews took core samples from 27 locations in the Straits of Mackinac area, where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet.

Project manager Amber Pastoor said geologists will study the samples. Results will be used to design the tunnel and a machine to drill through bedrock beneath the lake floor.

MOUNT PLEASANT, MI (MPRN)--   A new report says Enbridge Energy may have misrepresented its ability to pay for a Line 5 oil spill. 

While working with the Snyder Administration Enbridge agreed to cover up to $1.8 billion in the event of a Line 5 oil spill. 

Now a study, commissioned by the Attorney General’s office, which is involved in two lawsuits with Enbridge, finds the company may not be able to cover those costs. 

Kelly Rossman-McKinney is a spokesperson for the AG’s office.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   Enbridge says it has begun installing steel supports on its Line 5 oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, where erosion has created a gap between the line and the lake bottom. 

The Canadian company based in Calgary, Alberta, said Tuesday it had received a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to install 54 supports along the Line 5 pipe in the waterway connecting Lakes Huron and Michigan.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI--   The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it's preparing to decide whether to let Canadian oil transport company Enbridge install supports for its underwater oil pipeline in Michigan's Straits of Mackinac. 

Enbridge disclosed Wednesday that erosion had opened a gap beneath one of two Line 5 pipelines in the channel linking Lakes Huron and Michigan. The gap is about 6 feet wider than allowed under a state easement.

The company says the pipe's integrity isn't threatened. But it wants to install more than 50 screw anchors for greater stability.

ODANAH, WI (MPRN)--    A tribe in northern Wisconsin is suing Enbridge Energy to try to force the closure of Line 5.

Dylan Jennings is a council member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. He says the pipeline threatens a fragile watershed.

“There's a river channel which is migrating towards the pipeline at an alarming rate, which means that it's getting really dangerously close to being exposed,” he says.


TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   Democratic presidential hopeful Jay Inslee is wading into a Great Lakes regional controversy by coming out against a proposed oil pipeline tunnel. 

The Washington state governor opposes a plan favored by Enbridge Inc. to route the company's Line 5 pipeline through a tunnel that would be built beneath the Straits of Mackinac, the channel linking Lakes Huron and Michigan.

The tunnel segment would replace dual pipes that have run across the straits bottomlands for 66 years.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel wants a court to shut down an oil and natural gas liquids pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac. Nessel says the line is a potential hazard to the Great Lakes.

There had been talks between Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Enbridge about a plan designed by the previous administration. That plan would build a new section of Line 5 and put it in a multi-use tunnel under the bedrock of the Straits.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is establishing a task force to assess energy needs in the state's Upper Peninsula.  

Among its top priorities will be finding a way to distribute propane across the region without utilizing Enbridge's Inc.'s Line 5 oil pipeline, the focus of a dispute between Whitmer and the Canadian company.

They're arguing over a proposal to dig a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac to replace an underwater segment of Line 5, which the Democratic governor says poses an "unacceptable risk" of an oil spill.