A Enbridge Energy report on the Line 5 pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac is raising concern among environmental groups, because it discusses portions of the line that may have lost their enamel coating, exposing the pipeline to corrosion.
Dozens of cities, counties and Native American tribes have spoken up in opposition of the oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, now a major Michigan church group is joining in. Continue reading
In June, Enbridge Energy, which owns Line 5, reported four spots that required additional support because of erosion.
The Department of Environmental Quality approved supports for those four spots, but delayed action on 18 others that Enbridge requested.
Environmental groups said they’re hopeful this means the government is getting serious about a line shutdown.
But Michael Barnes, a spokesperson for Enbridge, said that’s not how he sees it.
“We think that we’re all working towards the same thing and that’s to protect the straits and keep energy flowing into Michigan.”
Officials with the DEQ said they will delay a decision on the 18 additional supports until two studies on the risks of the pipeline and alternative ways for transporting the oil are completed. Results of those studies are expected early next year.
Over 14 environmental groups from Michigan are asking the state to take another look at the pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac.
Enbridge, the company who owns the pipeline beneath the Straits, has asked for a building permit from the state. The company plans to add supports to its line.Some of the current supports are farther apart than the 75-feet, required by Michigan law. Continue reading
The state has opened a public comment period on the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.
Earlier this month, the company was ordered to install more supports under the pipeline. Some of the current supports are farther apart than the 75-feet, required by Michigan law. Continue reading
The state gave the company a 90 day period to install more supports to avoid having its easement revoked.
The hot button issue of oil pipelines continues to get a lot of attention. In the Great Lakes there’s a long-running battle over a crude and natural gas line that runs through a waterway connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.
A federal appeals court says an Enbridge oil pipeline that runs through a northern Michigan national forest does not need a new permit to continue operating.
The Pipeline Safety Advisory Board originally had nine finalists for contractors to conduct the studies. Now it’s down to two.
The state has extended the public comment period for two independent studies of Enbridge’s pipeline under the straits of Mackinac.
The center’s goal to rebuild the museum has become a reality after receiving a $20,000 grant. Continue reading
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will simulate a spill on Enbridge’s oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac this Thursday (9/24).
The state of Michigan has signed a deal with Enbridge Energy that heavy crude oil will not be shipped through a pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac.
Steve Keck, a Coast Guard Contingency Preparedness Specialist, said a simulation of this size takes about a year to plan.
Enbridge Energy is sponsoring new efforts to monitor waters above its aging pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.
Enbridge is working with the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) out of Michigan Technical University to build and operate a buoy to measure currents in real time. That information will be made available for anyone to view online. Continue reading
State officials say there was a small natural gas leak in a pipeline in the Upper Peninsula that’s owned by Enbridge Energy.
Communities weren’t ready for the Enbridge oil spill more than four years ago near the Kalamazoo river. Now Coast Guard officials say they are in the same boat in the event of an oil spill on the Great Lakes. Continue reading