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Schuette Wants Status Update On Enbridge Oil Pipes

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(WLNS) - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette wants to know the condition of two oil pipelines laid in the Mackinac Straits more than sixty years ago.
Schuette is joined in the request by Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant.

The request was made to Enbridge Pipelines, the company that set, and operates, the two pipelines.

“We have a responsibility to practice good stewardship of the Great Lakes, the crown jewels of Michigan’s ecology and economy,” said Schuette. “The unique location of these pipelines, in the straits, means failure is not an option. This request is part of a comprehensive approach to ensure we work aggressively to minimize risks and protect the lakes at every turn.”

Today's request specifically asks for the life expectancy of the pipes, how the pipes are used, preventive maintenance and leak prevention and spill response plans.

The two 20-inch pipes are part of Enbridge's 1,900-mile Lakehead network, which originates in North Dakota near the Canadian border. A segment known as Line 5 slices through northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula before ducking beneath the Straits of Mackinac and winding up in Sarnia, Ontario. It carries nearly 23 million gallons of oil daily.

Schuette and Wyant are part of a tide of criticism about the Straits of Mackinac pipelines that began after the rupture of another Enbridge line in 2010 that spilled more than 843,000 gallons of crude into the Kalamazoo River and a tributary creek in southwestern Michigan. The cleanup is mostly complete, although Enbridge is still working to remove oil from the river bottom.

Enbridge has sixty days to supply answers to today's request.

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