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State officials say they’re growing increasingly frustrated as Enbridge Energy reports new spots where Line Five has exposed metal. Line Five runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac between lakes Huron and Michigan.Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta has more.

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Enbridge Energy says this year was not the first time some protecting coating was scraped off the exterior of Line 5. We have more from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta.

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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.

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The state is ordering Enbridge Energy to take swift action to fix portions of the Line Five energy pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac. As we hear from Rick Pluta, corrosion protections were eroded during maintenance work on the line.

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State agencies have weighed in on the controversial Enbridge Line 5 pipeline. 

Mackinac Bridge
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Michigan environmental groups are frustrated with Ontario’s support for keeping an oil-and-gas pipeline running beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

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Public meetings are beginning on a report listing alternatives to pipelines carrying oil beneath the waterway where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet.

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The attorney general on Thursday called for shutting down twin oil pipelines beneath the waterway where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet, as the state released a consultant’s report outlining alternative scenarios for the future of oil transport in the ecologically sensitive tourist destination.

View of Great Lakes from space
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Officials are preparing to make public a report outlining alternatives to twin oil pipelines that run beneath the waterway where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet.

Time is running out for the public to comment on a proposal to install more screw anchor supports on twin oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac in the Great Lakes.

Enbridge oil spill response photo
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Enbridge says pressure test shows Line 5 is safe. 

Mackinac Bridge
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Last year, the State of Michigan ordered a study of Enbridge Energy’s ‘Line 5,’ which carries up to 500,000 barrels of light crude and natural gas liquids daily under the Straits of Mackinac.  We talk with James Clift with the Michigan Environmental Council about the study and his concerns about Enbridge Energy's Line 5.

How safe are the oil and gas pipelines running beneath the Mackinac Straits?

For more than 60 years, hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil and natural gas liquids have travelled through the lines daily without incident.


Environmentalists have been calling on Enbridge Energy for years to shut down the pipelines running beneath the Straits of Mackinac.  The company maintains that the pipelines are safe and in good condition. 

Now, a new study from the University of Michigan shows that an oil spill in the straits could impact over 700 miles of shoreline. 

Current State's Mark Bashore talks with lead researcher Dave Schwab and National Wildlife Federation regional executive director Mike Shriberg.

Current State Best of 2015 | 12/29/15

Dec 29, 2015
performer in radio studio
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Today on Current State: some of our favorite segments in a Best of 2015 show, including a look at the Lil Darlins Vaudeville show; the Enbridge oil spill response exercise in the Straits of Mackinac this summer; and singer Joshua Davis.

Activist details Michigan pipeline concerns

Jul 15, 2014
Courtesy - National Wildlife Federation

Pipelines have been a hot topic in Michigan in the last few years. Very recent developments suggest the issue is intensifying. Canada’s Enbridge is part of a proposal to install about 600 miles of new, interstate natural gas pipelines, about 150 miles of which would run through Michigan. Besides arousing environmental concerns over a possible pipeline rupture, the proposal affects homeowners whose properties were not long ago disrupted by another Enbridge project.