State issues two requests for information and proposals on Straits of Mackinac Pipelines

February 23, 2016

Contact: Judy Palnau, 517-284-8300
Agency: Michigan Agency for Energy

LANSING, Mich. – The state of Michigan today released two requests for information and proposals (RFIs) for prospective contractors who are interested in performing an independent risk analysis and an independent alternatives analysis related to the pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac known as Enbridge Line 5. The deadline for submittals is April 11. All interested contractors may submit questions regarding the RFIs by March 7.

The risk analysis will focus on Enbridge’s potential liability for a worst case scenario spill from the Straits pipelines and its responsibility to maintain adequate financial assurance should such a spill take place. The alternatives analysis will comprehensively compare alternatives to the existing pipelines, to help inform decisions about their future.

“The state encourages contractors to submit their proposals on the Straits of Mackinac pipelines, the focus of the Pipeline Safety Advisory Board,” said Valerie Brader, co-chair of the board. “The analyses conducted will prove a valuable tool to the board as it examines the risks and alternatives to the pipelines.”

The Michigan Agency for Energy, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Department of the Michigan Attorney General jointly developed the RFIs and will be responsible for selecting and overseeing contractors for each analysis. The board and members of the public provided valuable input to the agencies in developing the RFIs.

The RFIs and instructions regarding submittal of questions and responses are available at

The RFIs were developed as a response to two recommendations listed in the Michigan Pipeline Task Force Report released in July 2015. Implementing the recommendations of the task force continues to be a priority of the state of Michigan and the Pipeline Safety Advisory Board as they work toward ensuring the safety, upkeep and transparency of issues related to Michigan’s network of pipelines.

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