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New Enbridge Pipeline Set To Go Into Ground

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(WLNS) – After months of negotiations between oil giant Enbridge and Ingham County homeowners, workers have begun installing parts of the new 6-B pipeline near Stockbridge, Michigan.

Right now, the pipe sits atop the land, but is expected to be put into the ground in the coming days.

Enbridge officials say the new pipeline will lay adjacent to the old one, and once the replacement is activated, the current line will be shut off, purged of its oil, and filled with nitrogen.

Some affected residents who live near Stockbridge off of M-52 say they're not happy with their relationship with Enbridge, and want the Michigan Public Service Commission to reconsider how it uses eminent domain.

"I'd like to see the MPSC look at the law [eminent domain] that's being used right now…and revisit it to see if they can make it feel a little more equitable for property owners because right now, it seems like it's all tilted toward Enbridge," says resident Tom Brimhall. "Property owners have very little say in it."

Brimhall's property was condemned by a judge in August. That judge gave Enbridge access to 3.5 linear acres of Brimhall's property.

Enbridge officials say they do their best to work fairly with property owners, and believe replacing the aging 6-B pipeline is the responsible thing for the company to do.

Emerald Morrow is a reporter with WLNS-TV. Reach out to her on Facebook, Twitter or email at emorrow@wlns.com.

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