U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Begins Environmental Impact Statement Scoping Process for Line 5 Pipeline

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began the  Environmental Impact Statement scoping process for the Enbridge Line 5 Pipeline Tunnel project with the Notice of Intent publishing in the Federal Register Monday.

The NOI is to inform the public of upcoming environmental analysis and describes how the public can be involved in the EIS process for the Enbridge’s Line 5 Pipeline Tunnel project proposal to cross the Straits of Mackinac in Lake Michigan.

“The Notice of Intent starts the scoping process, the 60-day period in which the Corps of Engineers solicits Tribal Nation, agency and public input to help define the range of issues and potential alternatives the EIS should address,” said Detroit District Commander Lt. Col. Brett Boyle. “The Corps of Engineers will ensure all voices are heard in an open, transparent and public EIS process.”

The scoping process will last for 60 days and Tribal Nations, agencies, communities, organizations, citizens and other stakeholders can provide input from now until October 14. Submissions are accepted via mail, through the project website or at in-person or virtual public meetings held during the scoping period.

“The scoping process is not a vote,” said Boyle. “Comments should help identify areas for in-depth review, including historic properties, water quality, general environmental effects and other public interest factors. This is a great opportunity to have an impact in the Corps of Engineers scoping process for developing the Draft EIS.”

Corps of Engineers officials will consider comments received during all public comment periods in the EIS preparation pursuant to National Environmental Policy Act. These comments will also be used to determine whether this activity fits the public interest.

To learn more about developing effective scoping comments, submitting comments or to find public meeting information, click here.

The Corps of Engineers Officials estimate a Draft EIS will be available in Fall of 2023 for public review and comment.