February 1, 2016
LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced today that the State of Michigan is seeking public input on drafts for proposals from environmental and engineering experts who could complete risk and alternatives studies on the Mackinac Straits pipeline known as Enbridge Energy’s Line 5.
The Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board is charged with advising the State of Michigan on finding qualified contractors who can competently conduct two separate analysis projects, one on the current risk of the pipelines and another for alternatives to the pipelines. Public comments on the draft documents is open until February 5.
The draft requests for proposals and instructions for submitting comments are located on the Pipeline Safety Advisory Board website: michigan.gov/pipelinesafetyboard.
“The risk analysis and alternatives analysis are two of the most important pieces in determining how quickly we can remove the pipeline currently running below the Straits of Mackinac,” said Schuette. “We would not allow this pipeline to be placed in the Great Lakes today and its days are certainly numbered. The Great Lakes are Michigan’s crown jewel and we cannot tolerate an environmental disaster that would forever change them, so I am glad to have this process underway.”
Schuette served as co-chair of the Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force, which released recommendations in 2015 for an independent review and risk analysis of the pipeline that runs underneath the waters of the Mackinac Straits.