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Enbridge foe Whitmer declares Michigan power emergency
Ian Vandaelle, BNN Bloomberg

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has stood out as some of the vocal opponents of Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5 challenge, which is the state’s most important supply of house heating fuels. Now, nevertheless, she’s declared a state of emergency amid a bitter chilly snap in her state – and is warning spike in power demand for house heating fuels like propane has put a pressure on state-wide distribution.


Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5 pipeline delivers about 65 per cent of the propane consumed within the state’s higher peninsula, and 55 per cent of Michigan’s whole provide.

Final November, Whitmer moved to revoke the pipeline’s allow, arguing the challenge – particularly a piece operating beneath the Nice Lakes by way of the Strait of Mackinac – presents an “unreasonable threat” to the state.

BNN Bloomberg

How silly does a politician should be to attempt to shut down their state’s most important supply of house heating gasoline proper earlier than winter? They must be doubly silly to do that in a state with actual winters, like Michigan. As unhealthy because the Texas power catastrophe was, the freezing climate that triggered it solely lasted about 10 days.

Whitmer strikes to close down Enbridge’s Line 5
Beth LeBlanc
The Detroit Information, Nov. 13, 2020

Lansing — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is transferring to close down Line 5 by revoking and ending a 1953 easement that enables Enbridge Power to run the twin pipeline by way of the Straits of Mackinac.

The announcement was welcomed Friday by environmental teams as defending the Nice Lakes and attacked by neighboring Ohio’s governor and power teams as costing jobs and elevating gasoline and heating costs for shoppers. 

The Democratic governor mentioned Friday she has filed a lawsuit in search of validation of the motion in Ingham County Circuit Court docket. Enbridge should shut down the pipeline by Might beneath the discover. 


The Detroit Information

Whereas the order would have allowed the pipeline to function till spring, how have been Michiganders purported to warmth their properties subsequent winter? The part of Line 5 operating by way of the Straits of Mackinac will finally get replaced by pipelines operating by way of The Nice Lakes Tunnel; nevertheless this hasn’t even been absolutely permitted but.

The Nice Lakes Tunnel Venture

On Dec. 19, 2018, Enbridge introduced that it had reached an settlement with the Mackinac Straits Hall Authority (MSCA) on the way forward for Enbridge’s Line 5 gentle oil and pure fuel liquids (NGL) pipeline on the Straits of Mackinac.

The Nice Lakes Tunnel, a $500-million personal funding by Enbridge in Michigan, can be constructed deep beneath the Straits to accommodate Line 5. Whereas Line 5 has operated safely and reliably within the Straits for greater than 65 years, the Nice Lakes Tunnel can be bored by way of rock, as a lot as 100 ft beneath the lakebed—nearly eliminating the possibility of a pipeline incident within the Straits.

The Nice Lakes Tunnel is an enormous endeavor. It is going to be constructed by Michigan labor, and harness the data and expertise of industry-leading tunnel engineers. Pending receipt of vital permits and approvals, Enbridge anticipates starting building of the Nice Lakes Tunnel in 2021 to accommodate a alternative Line 5 phase within the Straits.


Enbridge has secured permits from Michigan Division of Atmosphere Nice Lakes and Power (EGLE), however nonetheless want approvals from the Michigan Public Service Fee and the U.S. Military Corps of Engineers earlier than they will start building.

Gov. Witless and the identical gaggle of environmental terrorist organizations have been opposing these permits as properly. This actually is state-sponsored environmental terrorism…

Whitmer, Nessel lose as appeals courtroom upholds Line 5 tunnel regulation
Karen Bouffard
The Detroit Information, June 11, 2020

Lansing — The Michigan Court docket of Appeals has unanimously upheld the constitutionality of a regulation to let Enbridge construct a tunnel to accommodate the 66-year-old Line 5 beneath the Straits of Mackinac — one other setback for Legal professional Normal Dana Nessel’s quest to cease the operation of the oil pipeline.


The Detroit Information

These greentards are actually kill folks in an effort to shut down pipelines.

Line 5 has operated with out incident for almost 70 years…

About Line 5
Energizing Michigan since 1953.

Because it travels beneath the Straits of Mackinac, Line 5 diverges into two, 20-inch-diameter, parallel pipelines. Because of this folks generally name the pipeline system the “twin” or “twin” pipelines. They begin underground onshore, taper deep underwater and cross the Straits for four.5 miles.

The merchandise moved on Line 5 warmth properties and companies, gasoline automobiles, and energy industry within the state of Michigan.

Line 5 provides 65% of propane demand within the Higher Peninsula, and 55% of Michigan’s statewide propane wants. General, Line 5 transports as much as 540,000 barrels per day (bpd) of sunshine crude oil, gentle artificial crude, and pure fuel liquids (NGLs), that are refined into propane.

Inbuilt 1953 by the Bechtel Company to fulfill extraordinary design and building requirements, the Line 5 Straits of Mackinac crossing stays in glorious situation, and has by no means skilled a leak in additional than 65 years of operation. The Line 5 crossing options an distinctive and extremely sturdy enamel coating, and pipe partitions which are thrice as thick—a minimal of zero.812 inches—as these of a typical pipeline. What’s extra, the Bechtel Company—famend for the enduring Hoover Dam—designed and constructed Line 5 in an space of the Straits that will decrease potential corrosion because of lack of oxygen and the chilly water temperature. This setting contributes to preserving the integrity of Line 5, which has enabled it to serve the area safely and reliably for greater than six a long time.

We’re working onerous to maintain it that method. We monitor the Line 5 Straits crossing 24/7, utilizing each specifically educated workers and complicated laptop monitoring techniques. We additionally perform common inspections of the road, utilizing inline instruments, professional divers, and distant working automobiles (ROVs), going above and past regulatory necessities.


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