The NWF considers its estimate conservative because the research identified known spills, like a 1980 spill in Hiawatha National Forest, that weren't in federal records. The Pipeline Safety Advisory Board oversaw two independent analyses of Line 5, which the Task Force recommended: An alternatives analysis that was to look at the feasibility of other forms of transportation to handle the same amount of product that moves through Line 5, and a risk analysis of the potential financial impact of a worst-case spill to determine the final assurance amount as required under the 1953 easement. Subscribe to MLive.com. A new administration took office in January 2019, with both Gov. The release, estimated by Enbridge at 843,000 gallons, entered Talmadge Creek and flowed into the Kalamazoo River, a Lake Michigan tributary. The debate is intensifying amid an Enbridge advertising and public relations campaign touting the benefits of Line 5 that is bumping up against stepped-up … The remainder were found by the public or Enbridge staff on the ground. Families and businesses in the Upper Peninsula rely on Line 5 to meet 65% of their propane demand. In April 2018, Line 5 in the Straits was damaged by a boat anchor that was dragged along the lake bottom. Although the line is 64 years old, 1968 is the earliest year of data available, The most recent spill is a small one, about 8 gallons, caused by an equipment failure on March 5, 2015 near Marenisco that Enbridge staff discovered while conducting a station review. The 1990 spill spotted by chopper patrol is actually one of two along the pipeline near Engadine. The agreement also includes interpretations of the 1953 easement for the dual pipelines on the bottom of the Straits, as well as ongoing financial assurance requirements for the pipelines. A 2011 toll agreement describes the materials as "condensate, light synthetic, sweet, light sour and NGL," as does … Enbridge is the largest oil and gas transportation company in North America. Such stress cracking along the seam isn't limited to the Upper Peninsula section. Line 5 helps heat Michigan homes, schools, hospitals and businesses, fuels vehicles, and powers industry by safely and reliably transporting light crude oil, light synthetic crude oil and natural gas liquids (NGL).. Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 pipeline was built in 1953 and extends for 645 miles across the state of Michigan. Enbridge Line 5 was constructed in 1953 and now carries nearly 23 million gallons of crude oil and natural gas liquids between Superior, Wisconsin, and Sarnia, Ontario, every day. Gretchen Whitmer is moving to shut down Line 5 by revoking and ending a 1953 easement that allows Enbridge Energy to run the dual pipeline through the Straits of Mackinac. All rights reserved (About Us). The pipeline was constructed in 1953 and was meant to last only 50 years. It also was charged with advising state agencies on matters related to pipeline routing, construction, operation, and maintenance, and with helping Michigan to better understand the risks, benefits, and alternatives to pipelines. Others were caused by manufacturing defects in the pipe, such as stress cracking along a seam. What is Enbridge Line 5? The pipeline is a single, 30-indiameter pipe except for the section that crosses the Straits of Mackinac. Many of the spills incident records do not say how the leak was initially detected. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. The Second Agreement also added safety enhancements along the entire length of the Line 5 petroleum pipeline crossing the state, such as providing a radar system to track wave heights in the Straits to inform whether conditions require the pipeline to be temporarily shut down, install cameras to monitor boat traffic to make sure none is dragging its anchor through the Straits, guarantee Enbridge can make available up to $1.8 billion is available to Enbridge for cleanup should a spill occur, require immediate additional safety measures at 13 priority Line 5 water crossings across the state and permanently banning the transport of heavy crude oil through the pipeline. Its legal arguments in the case, similar to its arguments in previous lawsuits, hinge upon the PHMSA’s reliable green-lighting of Enbridge’s actions concerning Line 5. The alternatives report was submitted in June 2017 while the risk analysis was completed in August 2018. In 1968 near Lake Gogebic, a 285,600-gallon spill was caused by a weld failure, but PHMSA records lack more detail beyond "equipment rupturing pipe.". Advocates with the National Wildlife Federation say they’ve uncovered more oil and gas spills from Enbridge’s Line 5 than they previously thought, raising questions about how leaks are reported and whether there have been more. Gretchen Whitmer's order that would result in … FLOW’s team of lawyers and scientists has helped spark and define a growing public call to stop the flow of oil in Line 5 … The agreement called for Enbridge to negotiate a public-private partnership agreement with the Mackinac Bridge Authority for Enbridge to fund the construction of a tunnel. "This newly-released data shows a worse history of spill and detection systems failing over time," said Mike Shriberg, NWF Great Lakes regional director, who also sits on the state of Michigan's Pipeline Safety Advisory Board. The First Agreement also called for Enbridge to replace the portion of Line 5 that crosses beneath the St. Clair River with horizontal directional drilling, temporarily shut down Line 5 during periods of sustained adverse weather conditions in the Straits, implement additional underwater technologies to better monitor the pipeline beneath the Straits, implement measures to mitigate a potential vessel anchor strike, evaluate every Line 5 water crossing in Michigan and implement measures to minimize the likelihood of an oil spill at these locations, and increase transparency through regular communication with the state. The NWF released 2011 inspection photos obtained through FOIA that show stress cracking along the longitudinal seam between Bay City and Sarnia. Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 pipeline was built in 1953 and extends for 645 miles across the state of Michigan. Wallace's familiarity with the pipeline and regulatory jargon were key in ferreting out Line 5 spills in the PHMSA records, which in some cases required knowing "what kind of mile markers Enbridge uses to read notes in the database.". It remains the largest inland oil spill in US history A federal investigation determined Enbridge officials had known the 41-year-old pipeline was unstable. The remainder crosses the St. Clair river for processing in Sarnia. That product is introduced into the pipeline at Lewiston, Michigan. As a result of the Kalamazoo River spill – one of the largest inland spills in U.S. history – the State and Enbridge in May 2015 entered into a $75 million Consent Judgment. “In addition, Enbridge Inc. will take full responsibility for the clean-up of any incident in Michigan or anywhere along our pipeline system.” Under the U.S. Oil Pollution Act, the owner of Line 5 “would be obligated as a responsible party to assume the cost of any cleanup,” Koby said. The group said Monday it has found at least 29 instances of oil and natural gas liquids spills totaling more […] Line 5 transports up to 540,000 barrels – or 22.68 million gallons – per day of light crude oil and natural gas liquids, according to Enbridge. On its 645-mile journey from Wisconsin to Ontario, Line 5 crosses 23 counties and 360 Michigan waterways. In addition, people tracking the existing Line 5 said it has numerous leaks, a sign of an aging pipeline that has seen its better days. ", "There has never been an incident on Line 5 at the Straits.". The organization released the results of Wallace's research this week, estimating that Line 5, which runs from Superior, Wis., to Sarnia, Ontario by way of Michigan, has spilled at least 1.13 million gallons of oil in 29 incidents since 1968. "The Kalamazoo River spill didn't happen in the river," she said. The oil was from Enbridge Line 5, which had spilled 630 gallons through a pinhole leak. The NWF research comes ahead of a pair of state-ordered studies on Line 5 commissioned by the pipeline safety board that are expected out in June. The NWF says that's a troubling reminder of the colossal failure that caused the Line 6B spill into the Kalamazoo River in 2010, when the company didn't notice the pipeline had ruptured until being alerted by an outside caller 17 hours later. That was followed in July 2016 with a Consent Decree between Enbridge and the federal government to resolve claims related to the Marshall spill. Less than a year later in October 2018, the State and Enbridge announced a Second Agreement that calls for the construction of a utility tunnel beneath the Straits to house a new section of Line 5 and permanently shuts down the current segment. Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, has reintroduced a bill from last session that would require all existing submerged pipelines undergo a third-party review and be shut down if the risk is too great. Note: This a rush transcript and has been lightly edited for clarity. The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has filed lawsuits against PHMSA and the U.S Department of Transportation (DOT). Some Michigan drilling companies use Line 5 to transport the oil they produce. https://www.mlive.com/news/2017/04/enbridge_line_5_spill_history.html "That can be very dangerous," she said. Enbridge Inc. has sued in federal court to halt Gov. One lawsuit involves a law that was passed by the Michigan legislature in December of 2018 which created the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority and authorized it to enter into the Tunnel Agreement with Enbridge to build a new tunnel which would be owned by the Authority. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. The cause was recorded as a seal that failed due to "normal wear and tear.". They are based in Calgary, Alberta and have been responsible for the two largest inland oil spills in US history. Many incidents were related to construction mishaps. "Over the past fifteen years, there have been three incidents on Line 5 that have resulted in a total of approximately 21 barrels of product being released off the mainline. Enbridge files federal challenge to Whitmer’s Line 5 shutdown order Using data from Enbridge's own reports, the Polaris Institute calculated that 804 spills occurred on Enbridge pipelines between 1999 and 2010. The state is revoking the easement for violation of the public trust doctrine. Enbridge filed a federal lawsuit soon thereafter to battle the order and keep the pipeline flowing. In December 2018, Gov. The Marshall pipeline spill led to the creation of the Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force with the mandate to take a closer look at pipelines transporting petroleum products around the state, and specifically Line 5. According to Enbridge vice president and president of liquids pipelines, Vern Yu, Line 5 is still very viable. All of the product released during these three incidents was recovered. The lower court ruled that it had been properly enacted and that the agreements entered into pursuant to the law between the State and Enbridge were valid. BACKGROUND: Earlier this month, the state notified Enbridge that it is revoking and terminating the 1953 easement allowing Enbridge to operate the Line 5 dual pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac, effective 180 days from the date of the notice. Enbridge Energy Partners LLP (Enbridge) reported a 30-inch pipeline ruptured near Marshall, Michigan. Wallace said mapping the data reveals incident clusters that may indicate potential chronic problems with certain sections of pipe, which is not "seamless" through most of its path through Michigan -- the exception being under the straits -- but rather rolled like a cigarette and welded together with a seam. However, Enbridge has denied any plans to pump such materials. The 2013 expansion, coupled with the anticipated expansion of the Alberta Clipper pipeline, led to concerns from the National Wildlife Federation and other groups over the possible shipment of diluted bitumen from the Alberta tar sandsthrough Line 5. My Line 5 journey actually started in 2010 when I heard about the Enbridge Line 6b oil spill in Marshall, Michigan, near my hometown, where over 1 million gallons of tar sands overtook 40 miles of the river system. The spill prompted increased attention and focus on the potential ecological and economic damage that could occur if the Line 5 pipeline running beneath the Straits of Mackinac failed. Michigan House Democrats say they are preparing a bill package that would tighten pipeline regulation and give the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality regulatory oversight of pipelines crossing the state. Mike Ludwig talks to Whitney Gravelle, an attorney for the Bay Mills Indian Community, about the fight against Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). "The oil made its way there though a major tributary.". Rick Snyder signed legislation to create the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority and its Board voted to approve an agreement with Enbridge to build a utility tunnel in the Straits. Enbridge’s nearby Line 5 pipeline has spilled over one million gallons in its 64-year history. In 2010, about 21,000 barrels of heavy crude oil spilled in a tributary of the Kalamazoo River near Marshall from a line owned by Enbridge. 2013 (July 1st) - Michigan Department of Environmental Quality issues a citation against Enbridge for… A similar spill disaster on Line 5 in the Straits would devastate the Great Lakes shoreline communities and the Michigan economy, critics of the pipeline have long contended. No decisions have been reached in that proceeding at this time. Line 5 ships nearly 23 million gallons of crude oil and petroleum products every day. Under the agreement, Enbridge will undertake an enhanced inspection and stewardship regimen. The data comes from inspection records obtained by the NWF through the Freedom of Information Act and others put online recently by the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), which Congress has required to make more information accessible to the public. The oil spill response plan for Enbridge Line 5 is the Integrated Contingency Plan: Superior Region Response Zone, which was submitted, reviewed, and approved by PHMSA. In 1972 near Iron River, a 252,000-gallon spill was caused by a longitudinal weld failure. [63] Among the provisions of the legislation are ones calling for the Authority to provide that the tunnel is built to last and will contain potential oil spills to prevent oil from entering the Straits of Mackinac, limit liability for the state, the authority and members of the authority, and ensure the state bears no cost. That decision was recently affirmed by the Michigan Court of Appeals, and not appealed to the Michigan Supreme Court. ", "We should be talking about this as we consider long term planning for this pipeline.". The information was revealed as part of Enbridge’s permit application to the Department of Environmental Quality (now known as the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, or EGLE) to install additional anchor screws to secure portions of the pipeline to the lakebed in the Straits. Enbridge says it plans to test Line 5 under the straits at its original 1953 pressure, install more anchor supports and take a closer look at the defective coating. The group says the amount of manufacturing and construction defects and weld failures revealed by Wallace's research call into question the overall integrity of the Line 5 system. LANSING – If the Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline across the Straits of Mackinac ruptures, the various agreements involving the pipeline do not require the company to pay for the cost of cleanup and remediation, a study commissioned by the departments of Attorney General and Environment, Great Lakes and Energy says. “Line 5 remains safe, as envisioned by the 1953 Easement, and as recently validated by our federal safety regulator,” which according to the Detroit Free press is the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). News of the damage comes a day after Enbridge announced a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that includes $6.7 million in fines for failing to quickly address pipeline safety issues within its Lakehead Pipeline System, which includes Line 5 and other Midwest pipelines.. Total cost of the tunnel was estimated to be $500 million. Some of the natural gas liquids are refined into propane and used in the Upper Peninsula, while other products are routed for processing at oil refineries in Detroit and Toledo, Ohio. A resulting fire injured two people. After nearby residents were evacuated, Enbridge officials ignited a resulting vapor cloud to prevent it from spreading, which sparked a raging fire that burned for 36 hours and scorched eight acres of land. A spill from Enbridge Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac could contaminate nearby municipal drinking water, devastate major fisheries, kill aquatic and terrestrial wildlife, impair critical ecosystem services, diminish coastal property values, and tarnish the image of the State of Michigan and its high levels of ecological integrity. Constructed during the Eisenhower administration in 1953, the two 20-inch-in-diameter “Line 5” pipelines owned by Canadian company Enbridge, Inc., lie exposed in the water at the bottom when they cross the Straits of Mackinac. The agreement called for Enbridge to fix gaps in Line 5’s protective coating and undertake a study of three alternatives to replace the pipelines in the Straits: a tunnel, horizontal directional drilling or a trench with secondary containment. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. A FOIA photo from a March 13, 2011 Enbridge inspection report shows stress corrosion cracking the length of the longitudinal seam on a section of Line 5 located between Bay City and Sarnia. Enbridge spokesperson Ryan Duffy dismissed the findings. That spill is among almost 30 spills along the pipeline -- many of them previously unknown or largely forgotten incidents -- unearthed in federal records by National Wildlife Federation (NWF) pipeline safety specialist and researcher Beth Wallace. Line 5, which is part of Enbridge’s Lakehead System, begins in Superior, Wisconsin, and ends in Sarnia, Canada. Heavy rains caused the river to overtop existing dams and … Copy may not be in its final form. Built in 1953, the two 20-inch-in-diameter “Line 5” pipelines owned by Canadian company Enbridge, Inc., lie exposed in the water along the public bottomlands of the Mackinac Straits. These spills released approximately 161,475 barrels (25,672.5 m3) of crude oil into the environment … Will YOUR Community Be Next? Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel saying publicly that they oppose the continued operation of Line 5 within the Straits of Mackinac. Duffy did not respond to questions about whether Enbridge disputed any of the estimates reached by the NWF or why only the last 15 years of spill history is a relevant benchmark for a pipeline that began operating in 1953. The pipeline’s route through the Straits is within an easement issued in 1953 by the State of Michigan. Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. Placed deep under the lakebed, the tunnel virtually will eliminate the chance of a spill and prevent an anchor strike to Line 5, according to Enbridge. The other occurred in 1972 when a defective weld caused a 4,200-gallon spill just south of the Krause Road and Hiawatha Trail intersection, near the headwaters of O'Niel Creek, which flows south a few miles into Lake Michigan. One recommendation in the Task Force’s final report was to create the Pipeline Safety Advisory Board (PSAB), which would review and recommend actions for the state to ensure the safety, upkeep and transparency of issues related to the network of more than 3,400 miles of petroleum and hazardous liquid pipelines in Michigan. According to the data, the largest spills happened earlier in Line 5's history -- apart from a fairly well known 222,600-gallon oil and natural gas liquid spill near Crystal Falls in 1999, caused by the line lying on a rock, which forced the evacuation of about 500 people after responders ignited a vapor cloud that sparked a 36-hour long fire. The agreement with Snyder included a pledge to hold the state financially harmless for any damages from a Line 5 spill. Among their many oil pipelines in the US and Canada, Enbridge operates Line 5 through Michigan. Plains is a subsidiary of Texas-based Plains All American Pipeline, LP. … ”. Meanwhile, Michigan legislators on both sides of the aisle are targeting the pipeline. In between, Enbridge alerted the state to gaps in the protective coating on the pipeline in the Straits, information the company had as early as 2014. Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline runs under the Straits of Mackinac. 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