Michigan Officials Invite Public Comment on Enbridge Pipeline Support Plan

Michigan officials have opened a 20-day comment period during which the public can provide substantive comments and relative concerns regarding Enbridge’s plan to add more supports to its underground oil pipelines located in the Straits of Mackinac.

Last week state officials reported a support violation on the pipelines, saying there was too much unsupported space along several areas of the lines. The state requires the 63-year-old line to have support at most every 75 feet of the line, which can come from either an anchor or the lakebed.

After officials required Enbridge to correct the unsupported areas and come up with a plan that will ensure the violation does not happen again, the company requested state permission to install 22 additional supports on the underwater lines.

Once the comment period ends, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will review the comments and company application before a permit can be issued for the supports.

View the application and public notice here.

Detroit Free Press