State Agencies Call for Immediate Repair to Enbridge's Line 5 Pipeline Coating

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The pipelines are part of ENB's Line 5, which carries 23M gal/day of crude oil and liquid natural gas daily, crossing parts of northern Wisconsin and MI on its way to refineries in Sarnia, Ontario.

Gov. Rick Snyder called for immediate repairs to the aging, controversial oil pipeline located in the Straits of Mackinac on Wednesday, following the discovery that operator Enbridge damaged the pipes' protective enamel coating.

In response to the findings, the state called for the immediate inspection of areas around every anchor on Line 5, a report to the DNR and DEQ of any findings from the inspections, a copy of the video of the recent work performed on the pipeline, and fix within 30 days of any damage to the pipeline's coating.

"This recent finding raises concerns about the actions Enbridge is taking to protect the waters of the Great Lakes", DNR Director Keith Creagh said in a statement.

"At this time, we are not aware of any potential problems, but we will certainly be working with Enbridge to make sure everything is addressed", Kindraka said.

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A stakeholder email sent by an Enbridge official today read, in part: "Results from the August aquatic organism study will not be available for several weeks following the completion of the study; however, during the course of the associated inspection of the pipelines enamel coating, Enbridge has confirmed two locations containing small areas where there is pipeline without coating". In a statement, the company said there was no visual evidence that the integrity of the pipeline was compromised.

Now the state is calling for an immediate inspection and fix within 30 days of any damage to the pipeline's coating.

Enbridge is the operator of a broader regional oil pipeline system that extends into Canada and neighboring USA states.

"Human error was a major factor in Enbridge's spill into the Kalamazoo River", Valerie Brader, Executive Director of the Michigan Agency for Energy.