straits of mackinac


(MPRN-Lansing) Monday is the deadline for companies to bid on the chance to conduct a study on the safety of an oil-and-gas pipeline that that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac. 

"Continuing to move up to 23 million gallons of crude oil per day through 62-year-old, underwater pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac is too risky and not necessary, an environmental group said Monday." (Detroit Free Press)

"LANSING, MI — Michigan officials received safety inspection data sought during a yearlong inquiry on the controversial Mackinac straits Line 5 pipeline, but the raw form information was "too complex" for the state's task force to understand, say executives with the Canadian energy giant Enbridge Inc." (MLive)

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.

Michigan Public Radio Network

Dozens of protesters rallied at the state Capitol on Thursday against an aging pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac.