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.
Enbridge 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.
A state house bill has come under fire from conservation groups for allowing information about pipeline integrity to remain secret. In particular, opponents say they’re worried about line 5, the Enbridge pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac.
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 →