State Gets Report on Straits of Mackinac Pipelines


Officials from a pipeline company are seeking to reassure Michigan officials who are conducting a safety review of lines including those running beneath the Straits of Mackinac.
The Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force announced Monday it got an update last month about Enbridge Energy Partners LP’s Line 5. It includes two lines that run beneath the straits separating the state’s two peninsulas where Lakes Huron and Michigan converge.
The task force is reviewing Michigan’s network of oil pipelines, starting with Line 5. It’s discussing the use, oversight and a future portion of the line. Enbridge says there will be inspections by remotely operated submersible and other safety measures.
The state Department of Environmental Quality says the lines are reliableand haven’t leaked since their installation in 1953.

(Source:, Accessed 10-9-14)

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