Proposed study could require shutdown of Enbridge pipeline

ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) – A member of Congress from Michigan wants a federal investigation that could lead to shutdown of twin oil pipelines beneath the waterway where Lakes Huron and Michigan converge.

Legislation introduced by Republican Rep. Candice Miller would require an 18-month study by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to determine whether Enbridge Co.’s Line 5 poses a significant risk to the Great Lakes. If so, it would be deactivated.

Line 5 transports 23 million gallons of crude oil and liquid natural gas daily through the Upper Peninsula and ends in Sarnia, Ontario. It divides into two smaller lines beneath the scenic Straits of Mackinac.

Miller says a rupture of the 63-year-old pipeline would have a “catastrophic impact” on the lakes.

Enbridge says Line 5 is operated safely and monitored constantly.

We welcome thoughts and comments from our viewers. We ask that everyone keep their remarks civil and respectful. Postings that contain profanity, racist, or potentially libelous remarks will be deleted. We will delete any commercial postings, as well.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s