Enbridge responds to Line 5 concerns

EDITOR:

We appreciate the uniqueness of the Great Lakes. Many of us also live here and raise our families here; protecting the Great Lakes while serving the people of Michigan is a responsibility we take to heart.

Though tests show Line 5 is operating safely, we are committed to reducing risks and enhancing environmental protection, particularly through the state’s treasured waterways. In spite of our robust safety and maintenance program, we understand we have fallen short in reassuring Michiganders about the integrity of Line 5.

We have heard the concerns from Michiganders, as well as from state leaders, and we are listening. The agreement between Enbridge and the state will enhance Line 5 operations while continuing to allow the important benefits Line 5 delivers to Michigan families and businesses.

Enbridge has agreed to:

–Implement measures to reduce the possibility of an anchor strike in the Straits;

–Replace the St. Clair River crossing using a horizontal directional drill beneath the water crossing;

–Evaluate replacement options for the pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac;

–Shut down the flow of oil during periods of extreme waves in the Straits of Mackinac;

–Evaluate other protective measures for Line 5 water crossings beyond the Straits; and,

–Increase coordination with the state to foster timely review of inspection data.

These are significant operational changes. Line 5 has safely and reliably provided energy to people for more than 60 years. We hope our shared appreciation for the Great Lakes and commitment to environmental protection will lay the foundation for a new era of trust and show our commitment to safely and responsibly transporting energy for Michigan and the surrounding region.

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