Enbridge Energy


(MPRN-Lansing) The state has extended the deadline for companies to bid on work studying of Enbridge Line 5. That’s the oil and gas pipeline that runs under the Mackinac straits. 

The state has signed an agreement with Enbridge Energy to ensure that heavy crude oil will not be shipped through a pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac. But the agreement does not change anything because Enbridge Line 5 is not built to carry heavy crude.

Enbridge Sponsors Mackinac Water Monitoring

Aug 13, 2015

Enbridge Energy is sponsoring new efforts to monitor waters above its aging pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.

Enbridge is working with the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) out of Michigan Technical University to build and operate a buoy to measure currents in real time. That information will be made available for anyone to view online.

“At the present time there is no real-time water flow measurements through the Straits of Mackinac. And that is absolutely the first starting point if there is a disaster in that area,” said GLRC Director Guy Meadows.


The chairman of the Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club says a new report on pipeline safety in Michigan “gets it about half right.” 

"Lansing - Michigan officials said Tuesday the days of letting pipelines operate under the Straits of Mackinac are numbered, but there is no immediate reason to shut them down. Attorney General Bill Schuette admitted during a Tuesday press conference that the state today would not allow the two pipelines that Enbridge Energy has operated for nearly 60 years to be built." (Detroit News)