2017-12-07 / News

Line 5 Public Meeting To Be Held Tuesday at Little Bear

The Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Panel will host a public feedback session in St. Ignace regarding the future of Enbridge Energy’s Line 5. The meeting will be held at Little Bear East Arena in St. Ignace Tuesday, December 12, at 6 p.m.

The meeting is held in response to the Alternatives Analysis report that was released to the public November 20. The Alternatives Analysis is available on the Pipeline Safety Advisory Board Web site, https://mipetroleumpipelines.com. The report was conducted by independent contractor Dynamic Risk Assessment Systems, Inc. It looks at what methods other than a pipeline Enbridge could use to transport light crude oil and natural gas liquids from Superior, Wisconsin through the Straits of Mackinac to Sarnia, Ontario.

The state will also accept feedback on Governor Rick Snyder’s November 27 announcement that the state has brokered an agreement with Enbridge. Among other things, Enbridge has agreed to shut down the Mackinac Straits crossing of Line 5 during inclement weather of sustained eight-foot-high waves and investigate putting the Mackinac Straits Crossing of the Line 5 twin pipeline into a tunnel beneath the Straits.

Three tunneling options include:

• Installing a new pipeline in a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac, which will include a manufactured tube that will enclose the pipelines;

• Installing a new pipeline at least 45 feet beneath the lakebed by boring an underground tunnel across the Straits, or

• Digging a trench on the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac crossing and burying the twin pipelines in sediment.

The state plans to hold three public feedback sessions regarding the future of Line 5. A session was held in Taylor Wednesday, December 6, and another is planned for Traverse City Wednesday, December 13. The Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board will hold its next quarterly meeting in Lansing Monday, December 11.

The public will have until Friday, December 22, to submit comments on what the state should about Line 5. In additions to comments given at the public meetings, comments can be submitted on the advisory board’s Web site or via mail to: Department of Environmental Quality, Attn: Line 5 Alternatives Analysis, P.O. Box 30473, Lansing, MI 48909-7973.

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