Comments Sought Until Aug. 4 on Permit Application for Line 5 Anchors; Public hearing scheduled for July 25 in Saint Ignace

Contact: Melody Kindraka, MDEQ Public Information Officer, kindrakam1@michigan.gov, 517-284-6716
Agency: Environmental Quality

July 14, 2017

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is currently accepting comments on a permit application from Enbridge Energy, Inc., to install up to 22 anchor support structures into the Lake Michigan lake bed for the Line 5 pipelines under the Straits of Mackinac between Emmet and Mackinac counties.

The MDEQ will hold a public hearing on the permit application on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at Little Bear East Arena & Community Center (275 Marquette Street, St. Ignace, MI 49781) from 1-4 p.m.  The public will have the opportunity to provide comment on the record about the permit application submitted under authority of Part 325, Great Lakes Submerged Lands, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended.

Comments are also being accepted on the MDEQ MiWaters website at https://miwaters.deq.state.mi.us/miwaters/#/external/publicnotice/search.  Enter 2RD-DFDK-Y35G into the Application Number box and select Search.  Then select View and the Add Comment tab.   Written comments may also be delivered to the hearing or mailed to the MDEQ Gaylord Field Office at 2100 West M-32, Gaylord, MI 49735.

Additional information about the permit application is available at www.michigan.gov/pipelineanchors. This permit application public comment period will close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017.

This public hearing precedes the Public Feedback Session beginning at 6 p.m. on the Dynamic Risk Assessment Systems, Inc., draft Alternatives Analysis for the Straits Pipeline report also at Little Bear East Arena & Community Center.  While both events involve the Line 5 pipelines under the Straits of Mackinac, the public hearing is specific to the permit application for anchor supports.