Gov: Pipe­line news ‘deeply con­cern­ing’

Re­port from En­bridge on more Line 5 coat­ing gaps in Straits draws con­cern

The Detroit News - - Front Page - BY LEONARD N. FLEM­ING The Detroit News

State of­fi­cials said Mon­day that coat­ing gaps on Line 5 have mul­ti­plied in En­bridge En­ergy’s lat­est re­port to them and re­quire a “full ac­count­ing” of the gas pipe­line’s con­di­tions in the next month.

A ma­jor­ity of 48 pipe­line an­chor lo­ca­tions un­der the Straits of Mack­inac had coat­ing gaps when in­spected by com­pany divers, state of­fi­cials said. State of­fi­cials or­dered the in­spec­tions af­ter a spokesman for the Cana­dian com­pany said last month that En­bridge en­gi­neers knew in 2014 that the in­stal­la­tion of a sup­port an­chor that year dam­aged coat­ing on the pipe­line but the com­pany re­mained silent be­cause com­pany en­gi­neers did not deem it a safety is­sue.

En­bridge must present up­dated in­for­ma­tion to the Pipe­line Safety Ad­vi­sory Board’s Dec. 11 meet­ing about the con­di­tions of its pipe­line, coat­ing that pro­tects from cor­ro­sion and an­chors as well as the re­sults of its video in­spec­tions and test­ing, state of­fi­cials said in a state­ment.

“A year ago, En­bridge said there were no coat­ing gaps in the straits pipe­line. Now, there are dozens,” said Va­lerie Brader, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Michi­gan Agency for En­ergy and an ad­vi­sory board co-chair, in a Mon­day state­ment. “When will we know the full ac­count­ing of what En­bridge knows about Line 5?”

Heidi Grether, di­rec­tor of the Michi­gan Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Qual­ity and co-chair of the ad­vi­sory board, added: “This is very trou­bling and points out ex­actly why the state has been vig­i­lant about get­ting in­for­ma­tion from En­bridge.”

En­bridge En­ergy of­fi­cials said Mon­day that re­pairs

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