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Enbridge responds to delay for Line 5 supports

Mackinac-01Enbridge Energy is reacting today to a state decision that delays company plans to install new supports on its Line 5 pipeline.

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 Line 5 pipeline

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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

State asking for public comments on the pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac

Mackinac Bridge with swans swimming in the straits, June 2006. MDOT

Mackinac Bridge with swans swimming in the straits, June 2006. MDOT

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

Enbridge Energy reaches settlement over Kalamazoo River oil spill

f369230151edf0a4e0101cbd111732a1It was announced this week the company behind the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill, Enbridge Energy, will pay 177 million dollars for the spill.

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Public comment period extended for pipeline studies

Straits of Mackinac. Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

Straits of Mackinac. Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

The state has extended the public comment period for two independent studies of Enbridge’s pipeline under the straits of Mackinac.
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Michigan historical site to be revived after Enbridge gives grant

The Michigan Historical Center hopes to rebuild the Father Marquette museum in St. Ignace, almost 16 years after it burned down.fathermarquettememorial_398077_7

The center’s goal to rebuild the museum has become a reality after receiving a $20,000 grant. Continue reading

Oil spill simulation under the Straits

Straits of Mackinac.  Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

Straits of Mackinac. Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will simulate a spill on Enbridge’s oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac this Thursday (9/24).
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Forum to address Line 5 pipeline questions

A pipeline marker sits next to the driveway of Andrea Sartos in Mackinaw City. Sartos is concerned about how little she knows about her neighbor of over 20 years. (Photo by Matt Mikus)

A pipeline marker sits next to the driveway of Andrea Sartos in Mackinaw City. Sartos is concerned about how little she knows about her neighbor of over 20 years. (Photo by Matt Mikus)

There’s growing concern about the Line 5 pipeline that runs along the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac from St. Ignace to Mackinaw City. Those who live along the pipeline are worried about a lack of information – but that could change with an upcoming forum hosted by the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. Continue reading

Oil spill simulation at the Straits of Mackinac

Straits of Mackinac.  Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

Straits of Mackinac. Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

Next month the Coast Guard will be working with Enbridge to test their oil spill response plan, should line 5 ever rupture.

Steve Keck, a Coast Guard Contingency Preparedness Specialist, said a simulation of this size takes about a year to plan.
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Enbridge sponsors water monitoring above aging pipeline in Mackinac Straits

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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