State of Michigan Seeks Public Comment On Independent Analysis of Aging Mackinac Oil Pipeline

Monday , 1, February 2016 1 Comment

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Michigan Agency for Energy invite public comments on two draft documents to hire contractors to perform inspection and analysis of Enbridge line 5, the 60 year old oil pipeline that runs under the Mackinac bridge through the Straits of Mackinac.

Enbridge Line 5 carries over 20 million gallons of oil every day through the straits. After Enbridge Line 6B ruptured in the Kalamazoo River on July 26, 2010, creating the worst inland oil disaster in the country, people grew rightfully concerned about other oil and natural gas pipelines operating in the state. Enbridge Line 5 is 15 years older than Line 6B.

Enbridge Line 5 poses an environmental threat to the Great Lakes greater than the spill that happened to the Kalamazoo River near Marshall in 2010. Michigan residents want the pipeline removed from the straits before another ecological disaster happens.

People wanting to make comments on the two draft documents can do so by emailing Holly Simons. The deadline is February 5, 2016.

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  • Jack Folson says:

    Build a concrete “viaduct” that is below the current pipeline from shore to shore that is able to contain a rupture in the pipeline about 8 feet below the pipeline itself. Build a new pipeline beside the current one and put valves in at 100 foot intervals that would allow the oil to be shunted to the new pipeline.

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