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
Nearly a dozen businesses from around the state, and country, formed a coalition this month opposing Enbridge’s line 5 under the straits of Mackinac.
Bell’s Brewery, Shepler’s Ferry, and national outdoor retailer Patagonia are among the businesses in the new Great Lakes Business Network. 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.
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 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.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and the state Department of Environmental Quality have told Enbridge Energy the company has to do a better job of securing an oil pipeline that runs through the Straits of Mackinac.