Wildlife Group Sues Government Over Enbridge Pipeline

An environmental group is now suing the government over the pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac.

The National Wildlife Federation says the federal government misjudged an emergency response plan for the pipeline back in 2013.

They say the plan did not account for impacts on the environment should the pipe burst.

The group says the Straits are not an appropriate place for a pipeline.

Enbridge, who owns the Line 5 pipeline, says the line is always monitored and the flow can be stopped within three minutes.

The government has not commented.

Below is a statement from Enbridge regarding the lawsuit.

“At this point we have not seen a copy of the lawsuit.  Once we receive it we will closely review its content.

We can assure Michigan residents that Enbridge has a very thoughtful and reviewed response plan in place should something happen along Line 5 in the Straits. Our response plan is specific to the Straits pipelines and provides detailed response strategies for emergency responders. It serves as a supplement to Enbridge’s Integrated Contingency Plan that was drafted and approved in 2013 following an extensive, PHMSA-coordinated peer review, which incorporated input from the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. EPA, an independent industry expert, and Canada’s National Energy Board.

That said, in the past four years, we have invested billions of dollars in safety and integrity to make preventing leaks and spills is our highest priority. Line 5 is monitored 24/7 by a dedicated team. If there is a change in pressure or flow, Enbridge can remotely and automatically shut off flow within three minutes and activate trained responders.

Enbridge is fully committed to operating all of its facilities responsibly with respect to safety and the environment.  In September 2015, Enbridge completed a full-scale response preparedness drill in the Straits with the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. EPA, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and local emergency responders.”

For more information on Line 5, click here.