There is now confirmation that Enbridge Line 5 has gaps in its protective coating. The pipeline was commissioned in 1953 and is responsible for transporting petroleum from western Canada to eastern Canada. Michigan agencies are working together to inspect anchors along Line 5, which measures 645 miles in length and runs through the Straits of Mackinac.
It has been determined that the damage was caused by human error, and not by environmental circumstances. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources holds Enbridge accountable. Director Keith Creagh stated, “We need to ensure that all appropriate risk mitigation measures have been put in place by Enbridge. Until that happens, we as a state will not be satisfied.” Human error was also at play when Enbridge Line 6B burst in the Kalamazoo River back in 2010.
Initial water tests indicate that the ecosystem is safe for now, but Michigan agencies are concerned the damage may indicate the existence of a larger issue. Matt Sowash of MLC said, “The Michigan Agency for Energy, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Quality, and State Police are all working hard to resolve the matter and to ensure that Michigan’s Great Lakes are protected.”
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