Con­cerns over oil pipe­lines:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Michi­gan Gov Rick Sny­der said Mon­day he had “sig­nif­i­cant” con­cerns af­ter the com­pany that op­er­ates twin oil pipe­lines in a Great Lakes wa­ter­way told state of­fi­cials it had found ad­di­tional gaps in pipe­line coat­ing.

The Repub­li­can gov­er­nor crit­i­cized En­bridge Inc. af­ter the Cana­dian com­pany is­sued an up­date on in­spec­tions and re­pairs of Line 5, which car­ries about 23 mil­lion gal­lons (87 mil­lion liters) of oil and nat­u­ral gas across north­ern Wis­con­sin and Michi­gan to re­finer­ies in On­tario each day.

A nearly 5-mile-long seg­ment of the line runs along the bot­tom of the Straits of Mack­inac, which con­nects Lakes Huron and Michi­gan. That sec­tion is di­vided into two pipes that have been in place since 1953. En­bridge says they are in good con­di­tion and mon­i­tored closely, but en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists con­tend they are at risk of leak­ing and want them de­com­mis­sioned.

The com­pany, based in Cal­gary, Al­berta, has dis­closed in re­cent months that gaps have formed in pro­tec­tive enamel coat­ing on the out­side of the pipes. En­bridge ac­knowl­edged in Oc­to­ber some of its per­son­nel knew about the prob­lem for years but only re­cently in­formed the state.

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