New Report Recommends Guidelines For Pipelines Under Straits of Mackinac

A report was released Tuesday about the safety of the pipeline running under the Straits of Mackinac.

The Michigan Petroleum Task Force released the report about the Enbridge's oil-carrying Line 5.

The report suggests heavy crude should be kept out of the pipeline because of clean up concerns if there is a spill.

The report also looks for more transparency about data.

Many are concerned about the future safety of the pipeline.

Line 5 helps provide energy to communities in Northern Michigan, so it's important to keep the conversation going.

"It's not necessarily about the pipeline itself, it's about transmitting energy to communities without putting the environment in any unnecessary risk," MDEQ Communications Director Brad Wurfel said. "It's really a complex conversation."

"We believe that from all of the data we've seen that this pipe is healthy, but we want to make sure that people have confidence in that," Enbridge Senior Communications Manager Michael Barnes said. "That's the reason we intend to continue to work with the state to provide information so that they can feel that way as well.

Enbridge is reviewing the report and will continue to work with the state on how to move forward.