Straits of Mackinac Pipeline

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Experts predict that a worst-case scenario leak of an old oil pipeline where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet would cost nearly $2 billion.

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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

More than two dozen people spoke out at a public hearing against a proposal for more anchor supports in the Straits of Mackinac to bolster twin oil pipelines.

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A new bill by state lawmakers would prohibit any anchor dropping in the Straits of Mackinac. Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth reports this comes after an anchor damaged an oil and gas pipeline.


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Governor Rick Snyder wants an oil and gas pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac to eventually be de-commissioned. Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta tells us the governor said so speaking to reporters on Mackinac Island.


Governor Rick Snyder has approved six-month ban on ships dropping anchor in the Straits of Mackinac. As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, it’s a response to a mishap in April that caused a mineral oil spill and damage to Enbridge Line 5.


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Michigan's two senators called Friday for temporarily shutting down twin oil pipelines in a sensitive Great Lakes waterway that may have been damaged by a ship anchor strike, which also is suspected in the leak of coolant fluid from nearby electric cables.

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Protestors gathered at the state Capitol Thursday. They once again called for a controversial pipeline to be shut down. But as Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth reports, the participants included a seasonal cast of characters.


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State officials say the flow of crude oil through twin underwater pipelines has been halted temporarily because of high winds and waves in the channel where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet.

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Enbridge Energy will replace a section of a controversial pipeline that runs beneath the Saint Clair River with a tunnel. It will also examine similar treatment for a section of Line Five that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac. 


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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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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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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline continues to face public scrutiny.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Michigan business groups on Monday defended twin oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac, saying Enbridge Inc.'s Line 5 provides crucial energy supplies and is safer for the environment than transporting the oil another way.

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The state of Michigan has scrapped a risk study on Enbridge’s Line 5 and fired the contractor just a week before a first draft of the report was to be released. 


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