State Pipeline Safety Board Discusses Mapping And New Risk Analysis

Sep 18, 2017

The state pipeline safety board met for the first time today since it was revealed that Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline had lost some of its coating. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth reports.


The controversial pipeline sends oil and liquid natural gas under the Straits of Mackinac. The board was updated on the coating issue. But it’s waiting on a plan and repair schedule from Enbridge before deciding what to do next.

The board did recommend state universities start a new study on the risks of the pipeline. The original risk study was scrapped due to a conflict of interest.

Doctor Guy Meadows from Michigan Tech will head the study.

“I’m convinced that Michigan universities can put together a team to answer the questions but it’s going to be a very large task.” Hey says.

Meadows has previously worked for Enbridge. Board members say they’re confident he, and the universities, will perform an independent study.