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Stabenow and Peters raise concerns about Line 5 pipeline

New calls today for an investigation into whether Enbridge complied with reporting rules on Line 5 which runs under the straits of Mackinac.


Letters were sent over the weekend to the CEO of Enbridge, and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

The letters came from Michigan’s US Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters.

Senator Peters said the letters were in response to recent reports critical of Enbridge.


“It became recently public that Enbridge knew of a deficiency in coatings on the pipelines as far back as 2014, did not disclose that publicly, nor did they take action to actually fix the problem.”

Peters said Line 5 presents a significant threat to the Great Lakes, and it’s important to protect the integrity of the pipeline.

In a written statement, Enbridge said the company - quote - “shares the Senators’ goal of protecting the Straits of Mackinac and the Great Lakes”.  It said they are quote “committed to being transparent”  on all matters related to the safe operations of its pipelines in Michigan.