Despite Enbridge's assurances that the odds of damage to the pipeline are slim, Line 5 has, in fact, been damaged at least twice in the last two years. Click (or touch) any point along the red path to generate zone markers of the current and hypothetical impact of pipeline expansion. But last July, the Bad River Band filed a lawsuit to re-route the pipeline around its reservation. Line 5 carries Canadian crude and propane to eastern Michigan. You've all heard the story about the scorpion and the frog: on the banks of a flooded river, a scorpion entreats a frog to carry him to the other side. Which is to say that the State of Michigan really must understand that Canadian oil giant Enbridge will never put the safety of the Great Lakes before its own business interests. After months of research, Tuesday night Enbridge revealed a proposes re-route of Line 5. The company didn't comply. The replacement of Line 3 will ensure that Enbridge can transport the crude oil required by refiners in Minnesota, neighboring states, Eastern Canada and the Gulf Coast. The proposed Southern Route would cost around $2 billion, which is half the cost of a potential "Northern Route" running … Wisconsin DNR will be the primary state permitting agency for this project," Smith said. 5 Comments on “Bad River Band Denies Renewal of Enbridge Line 5 Grant of Easement” leonard page January 5, 2017 at 4:11 pm # great news. Line 5 is particularly notable for passing under the environmentally sensitive Straits of Mackinac, which connect Lake Michigan to Lake Huron.As of December 2013, the line carries 540,000 barrels (86,000 m 3) of oil per day. Time to shut it down. Enbridge is moving about 40 mile of Line 5 outside the Bad River Indian Reservation in Ashland and Iron counties. Temperatures will stay mild in the upper teens and low 20s. Families and businesses in the Upper Peninsula rely on Line 5 to meet 65% of their propane demand. Enbridge has said Line 5 has been operating safely through the reservation since 1953, serving as a vital energy link for northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Summer of Enbridge. ASHLAND, WI-- Enbridge's Line 5 crude oil pipeline has been operating in Northern Wisconsin for decades. It will be done," Nelson said. 23 Louisville 85-48, Wisconsin nears 4,400 virus deaths; 84 reported Saturday, Father, son accused of defrauding Waukesha high school, Illinois hires Bielema as coach to lift struggling program. None of this is reassuring. The line runs from Superior, Wisconsin, across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, through Northern Michigan, down to the thumb region, and over to Sarnia, Ontario. Enbridge has said Line 5 has been operating safely through the reservation since 1953, serving as a vital energy link for northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Its new route would cross more than 180 … Click (or touch) any point along the red path to generate zone markers of the current and hypothetical impact of pipeline expansion. Enbridge responded Friday to Gov. So the route we are proposing would go north of the city of Mellen but south of the park and that parcel is right in between there," Smith said. ASHLAND, WI-- Enbridge's Line 5 crude oil pipeline has been operating in Northern Wisconsin for decades. Line 5 provides a vital link to propane and other energy supplies used in northern Wisconsin and Michigan. Both sides in a multi-year battle over the future of Enbridge's Line 5 faced off during an online public hearing before officials with the Army Corps of Engineers. Duluth, MN 55802 Enbridge wants to move its Line 5 pipeline after the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa filed a lawsuit to shut down and remove it. More:Enbridge finds protective coating gaps on Michigan pipeline, More:Democratic legislators ask Trump administration to shut down Line 5 while damage assessed. Enbridge Line 5 Line 5 is a 645 mile petroleum pipeline owned and operated by Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership. Revoking the 1953 easement is by no means a sure shot. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer revoked the 1953 easement that allows Enbridge Inc. to operate pipelines through the Straits of Mackinac, a narrow waterway that connects Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Energizing Michigan since 1953. The interactive map below depicts the existing Enbridge oil pipeline route across Wisconsin. Participants who wish to speak will have three minutes to comment. In 2014, Enbridge proposed the construction of a new route for the Line 3 pipeline which would increase the volume of oil they could transport daily. or comments@cbs3duluth.com, All content © 2000 - 2020, CBS 3 Duluth Television, Inc. All rights reserved. But some who live in the region, like Ros Nelson, oppose the pipeline altogether. Naysayers like Nelson say alternate forms of energy should be used in the region instead. 124 W. Allegan St., Suite 1610, Lansing, MI 48933, Tourism and the Oil and Gas Industry in Michigan, Water Usage in Michigan's Oil and Gas Industry. By TOM LAVENTURE tlaventure@yourdailyglobe.com HURLEY - Enbridge, Inc. held an open house Thursday to discuss the proposed route for the Line 5 Wisconsin Segment Relocation Project. Built and operated by Canadian company, Enbridge, Inc., Line 5's products mostly serve Canada, with less … The line, which carries up to 23 million gallons of crude oil and natural gas liquids from Superior to Sarnia, Ontario, crosses a 12-mile stretch of the tribe's reservation. ASHLAND, WI-- Enbridge's Line 5 crude oil pipeline has been operating in Northern Wisconsin for decades. Rick Snyder, that allows Enbridge build a tunnel under the straits to house its oil pipeline, leaving Line 5 in place for nearly a decade during construction. These products heat homes and businesses, fuel vehicles, and power industry. This system of pipelines is the primary transporter of crude oil from western Canada to the United States, with approximately 4,700 miles of pipe and 60 pumping stations serving all the major refineries in the Great Lakes, Midwest, and Ontario. 1. In Lansing, Michigan, Gov. All rights reserved. SS: We did reach out to Enbridge to have someone interviewed on this program. Gretchen Whitmer announced the imminent 2021 shutdown of Enbridge Line 5, which runs under the Great Lakes at the Straits of Mackinac. © 2020 www.freep.com. "We are in the process of buying a parcel of land from the city of Mellen which is just south of Copper Falls State Park. Line 3 has been, and continues to be, an essential component of Enbridge’s pipeline transportation network to deliver the crude oil needed by refiners, and used by residents. EPA fines Enbridge $6.7 million over failure to fix pipeline safety issues, Judge orders temporary shutdown of Line 5, tells Enbridge to explain damage, Nessel's request for emergency action was granted Thursday, another federal agency for its weak regulation and ineffective oversight, Enbridge finds protective coating gaps on Michigan pipeline, Democratic legislators ask Trump administration to shut down Line 5 while damage assessed, Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney calls an attempt by the Michigan government to shutdown the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline very concerning and a continued effort to … Interactive Enbridge Pipeline Map. The line runs from Superior, Wisconsin, across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, through Northern Michigan, down to the thumb region, and over to Sarnia, Ontario. As it travels under the Straits of Mackinac, Line 5 diverges into two, 20-inch-diameter, parallel pipelines. Line 5 carries up to 540,000 barrels of oil and natural gas every day, traveling from Superior to Ontario, Canada. In 2014, Enbridge proposed the construction of a new route for the Line 3 pipeline which would increase the volume of oil they could transport daily. The 5-0 vote by the state Public Utilities Commission grants pipeline developer Enbridge Energy a certificate of need to construct the $2.6 billion Sandpiper pipeline from the … (Garret Ellison | MLive). The frog concedes, the scorpion climbs on, and they set off. The pipeline runs between two major nodes of the Enbridge Pipeline System at Superior, Wisconsin, and Sarnia, Ontario. Attorney General Dana Nessel asked an Ingham County judge to order Enbridge to shut the pipeline down; Nessel's request for emergency action was granted Thursday, pending a full hearing Tuesday. In response to the Bad River Band's request to relocate Line 5, Enbridge has been studying possible re-route options for a 12-mile segment of Line 5. Whitmer asked Enbridge to provide her with all of its information about the damaged pipeline. Participants may join the hearing using both audio and web connections or using audio only. Cary and Becky Nelles, who live south of Ashland near the proposed Enbridge Line 5 reroute, view a book that shows the proposed route for the line diversion around the Bad River Indian Reservation. The line carries up to 23 million gallons of oil and natural gas liquids per day from Superior to Sarnia, Ontario. More:EPA fines Enbridge $6.7 million over failure to fix pipeline safety issues, More:Judge orders temporary shutdown of Line 5, tells Enbridge to explain damage. The safety of the pipeline has been called into question in recent years, and its crossing of the Straits of Mackinac has received more media coverage than any other point of contention along its 645-mile route. That's just not in its nature. Whitmer has consistently — and correctly — voiced her opposition to the continued presence of oil in the Great Lakes, vowing on the campaign trail to shut Line 5 down. 12 Wisconsin past No. 246 South Lake Ave. Enbridge is moving about 40 mile of Line 5 outside the Bad River Indian Reservation in Ashland and Iron counties. Route of Line 5 pipeline. This map shows the 645 mile route of oil pipeline known as Line 5. After months of research, Tuesday night Enbridge revealed a proposes re-route of Line 5. "If Line 5 stays here it will leak. 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. Line 5 crosses over 400 ecologically sensitive wetlands and waterways, but none are as vulnerable as Line 5's path under the water in the Straits of Mackinac where the currents are strong. Enbridge in Michigan. This map shows the 645 mile route of oil pipeline known as Line 5. Line 5 is particularly notable for passing under the environmentally sensitive Straits of Mackinac, which connect Lake Michigan to Lake H The documentary studies the impacts of Enbridge's 64-year-old Line 5 pipeline that carries fuel from Wisconsin through Michigan and into Canada. Enbridge says open to Line 5 re-route after legal action by Wisconsin tribe. That agreement requires Enbridge to maintain the pipeline, and a review of the easement is an important step in determining whether the company is compliant with its provisions. Line 3 is an oil sands pipeline owned and operated since 1968 by Enbridge, a Canadian energy transportation company. Enbridge remains committed to continued dialogue with Bad River leadership; however, the company has an obligation to provide uninterrupted service to its customers and is therefore moving forward with a reroute of Line 5. December 7, 2020, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, EST. Enbridge is rerouting a segment of Line 5 at the request of the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Whitmer's spokesperson says the governor asked the state's Department of Natural Resources to review the 1953 easement. This map shows the 645 mile route of oil pipeline known as Line 5. Increasing clouds in Minnesota and decreasing clouds in Wisconsin. Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline crosses Wisconsin and Michigan and 12 miles of land on the Bad River Indian Reservation. ASHLAND, WI-- Enbridge's Line 5 crude oil pipeline has been operating in Northern Wisconsin for decades. The interactive map below depicts the existing Enbridge oil pipeline route across Wisconsin. The scorpion replies: "It's my nature.". Line 5 carries up to 540,000 barrels of oil and natural gas every day, traveling from Superior to Ontario, Canada. But this is what it comes down to: Enbridge has shown it isn't capable of being a good steward of the Great Lakes. “Enbridge has considered re-routing Line 5, and as discussed with the Bad River Band, remains open to this option as a solution,” Enbridge said in a statement. Interactive Enbridge Pipeline Map. The Band has filed a lawsuit which seeks to force moving Line 5 … The oil company is likely to argue that it's not bound by the easement. The energy firm is looking to conduct environmental surveys along a 40-mile stretch in Ashland and Iron counties to replace the existing 20-mile segment of Line 5, according to an August letter to property owners from Enbridge. It's not clear when, or how, the damage occurred. "The proposed route that we show here in the red line we feel with our consultation, with landowners, communities, regulators that we will be able to minimize impacts to the environment," said Jennifer Smith, Manager of Community Engagement for Enbridge. Draft Outline . |, Sign up for CBS 3 Duluth news and weather emails, AP: Wisconsin spent $99M on medical gear early in pandemic, Fight over Fed powers stalls $900 billion aid plan, Trump downplays Russia in first comments on cyberattack, 2 women, ages 18 and 21, are fatally shot in Detroit, Quiet tomorrow, tracking accumulating snow for Monday, AP: Tight supplies for virus gear cost US states billions, Minnesota state lawmaker dies of coronavirus complications, Judge gives Milwaukee’s ousted police chief job back, Video allowed in trial of officers charged in Floyd killing, AP: States spent over $7B competing for early virus supplies, Potter leads No. Gretchen Whitmer's decision to shut down the Line 5 dual pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac. Enbridge Line 5 Tunnel File No. The scorpion's survival depends on the frog. Enbridge is replacing that pipeline under the St. … After months of research, Tuesday night Enbridge revealed a proposes re-route of Line 5. Enbridge Line 5 Line 5 is a 645 mile petroleum pipeline owned and operated by Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership. Despite Enbridge's assurances that the odds of damage to the pipeline are slim, Line 5 has, in fact, been damaged at least twice in the last two years. "So far we have submitted an application to U.S. Army Engineers and Wisconsin DNR. In Michigan,Enbridge is perhaps best known as the company responsible for the 2010 oil spill in the Kalamazoo River, one of the largest inland oil spills in American history. Enbridge Line 5 Line 5 is a 645 mile petroleum pipeline owned and operated by Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership. vice-chair of the Mackinac Bridge Authority is against building a tunnel. Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline crosses Wisconsin and Michigan and 12 miles of land on the Bad River Indian Reservation. Enbridge Line 5 is a major oil pipeline in the Enbridge Lakehead System, which conveys petroleum from western Canada to eastern Canada via the Great Lakes states. Gov. Last week, Enbridge notified the state that one of the pipeline's anchor supports had incurred "significant damage." An existing pipeline, also named Line 3, was built in 1961 and cuts through Minnesota en route from the Canadian border to Wisconsin. More than 3,000 kilometres (1,900 mi) of the system is in the United States while the rest is in Canada and serves the Athabasca oil sands production facilities. LRE-2010-00463-56-A19. Canadian ingenuity should be sufficient to find an alternate route. But she's been hobbled by a December 2018 agreement inked by her lame-duck predecessor, former Gov. As that pipeline ruptured, Enbridge workers shut down warning alarms again and again, convinced it was an equipment malfunction, not a disaster in process. We did not hear back in time before this taping, but we do have their statement. Public Hearing - Enbridge Line 5 Tunnel. But last July, the Bad River Band filed a lawsuit to re-route the pipeline around its reservation. The findings come as Snyder approaches a self-imposed August deadline to decide whether to order Enbridge to replace parts of Line 5, which cuts across both Michigan peninsulas en route from Superior, Wisc., to Sarnia, Ont., and has drawn waves of environmental concerns, particularly along its lake bottom stretch in the Straits. About Enbridge's Line 5 in Michigan. Whitmer moves to shut down Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline It's part of the federal Department of Transportation. In June 2018, the MN Public Utilities Commission voted to approve a new Line 3. Proposed Relocation of Enbridge Line 5 Pipeline . Cary and Becky Nelles, who live south of Ashland near the proposed Enbridge Line 5 reroute, view a book that shows the proposed route for the line diversion around the Bad River Indian Reservation. News Tips: 218-720-9666 After months of research, Tuesday night Enbridge revealed a proposes re-route of Line 5. But last July, the Bad River Band filed a lawsuit to re-route the pipeline around its reservation. Both sides in a multi-year battle over the future of Enbridge's Line 5 faced off during an online public hearing before officials with the Army Corps of Engineers. The energy firm is looking to conduct environmental surveys along a 40-mile stretch in Ashland and Iron counties to replace the existing 20-mile segment of Line 5, according to an August letter to property owners from Enbridge. In addition to Line 5, the Enbridge Lakehead system includes other pipelines that move through petroleum products across the Great Lakes region. A letter released by the company, Free Press reporter Keith Matheny wrote, indicates that Enbridge believes the only governmental authority it must answer to is the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, which regulates interstate oil and gas pipelines in the U.S., and has been criticized by another federal agency for its weak regulation and ineffective oversight. In this 2017 file photo, fittings are ready to be added to the east leg of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline in Michigan. Minnesota Michigan Wisconsin Proposed Centerline A/ Existing Enbridge Pipeline County Boundary Boundary MPLS 2.5 _ ProjectOverview.mxd REVISED 498 hi elkNBR'DGE Miles | SCALE: This information is for environmental review purposes only. Enbridge in its application to the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC), states the purpose of the project is to alleviate an environmental concern to the Great Lakes raised by the State of Michigan relating to the approximate four miles of Enbridge’s Line 5 consisting of two 20 (inch) diameter pipes that currently crosses the Straits and lies on top of the lakebed. Enbridge’s Line 5 is the pipeline that crosses the Upper and Lower peninsulas of Michigan to transport oil and liquid natural gases to Canada. Gretchen Whitmer to use the most powerful authority she has: it's time to revoke a 1953 easement that allows Line 5 to move oil through the Straits of Mackinac. It runs from Hardisty, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin. A west wind 5-10…, CBS 3 Duluth The Enbridge terminal at Superior conveys western Canadian crude oil from various incoming pipelines (including lines 1–4) to Line 5 and Line 6, which go around the northern and southern shores of Lake Michigan respectively. It is a shortcut to benefit the Canadian company, Enbridge, for exporting it's oil while we take enormous risks. Enbridge Line 5 is a major oil pipeline in the Enbridge Lakehead System, which conveys petroleum from western Canada to eastern Canada via the Great Lakes states. Yet Enbridge said Line 5 has operated safely through the tribe’s reservation and maintains that the pipeline provides vital energy resources to northern Wisconsin and Michigan. Project Overview and Regulatory Process 1.1 Project Purpose and Need ... Overview of Route Alternatives (from Enbridge Energy, “Line 5 Wisconsin Segment Relocation Project Environmental Impact Report,” March 2020.) This system of pipelines is the primary transporter of crude oil from western Canada to the United States, with approximately 4,700 miles of pipe and 60 pumping stations serving all the major refineries in the Great Lakes, Midwest, and Ontario. “Enbridge has considered re-routing Line 5, and as discussed with the Bad River Band, remains open to this option as a solution,” Enbridge said in a statement. You can zoom and scroll the map to review landmarks that the buried pipeline intersects. Enbridge officials like to point to the propane it transports to the Upper Peninsula via Line 5, but critics contend that the majority of its pipeline product is transported from Canada, through the straits, and back to Canada. Worse, Enbridge reactivated the pipeline's west leg without input from the state. If Enbridge were to decommission Line 5 and build new, constructing a new pipeline through Wisconsin would be the most cost-effective option. They do not depict all of our community investments from 2019 (which totaled about US$18 million or C$23.5 million), 2018 (about US$16.5 million or C$21.4 million), 2017 (about US$19.1 million or C$23.9 million), 2016 (about C$13.4 million), or 2015 (about C$19 million). DETAILED MAPS OF NEW ROUTE . These are the official maps (satellite imagery and topographic) of the final route approved by the State of Minnesota for Enbridge's new Line 3 corridor, and included in the Routing Permit for the project. Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline has safely operated through the Bad River Reservation since 1953. The suspicious frog declines, but the scorpion convinces him that it's safe — they're in this together. "Sun would be one, conservation, there are many things being developed globally," Nelson said. But there’s another place where Line 5 is going under a body of water that’s part of the Great Lakes. None of this is reassuring. Whitmer has tried in good faith to negotiate with the oil company, but that's another part of the problem: Enbridge has no incentive to do the same. While Enbridge calls this pipeline the “Line 3 Replacement,” Goodwin argues the proposed pipeline must be regarded as a new project. That's a lot like a tenant arguing that he's not required to comply with the terms of his lease. Line 5 also faces a court battle in Michigan, where the state filed a lawsuit last month asking for the decommissioning of an underwater section of the pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac in the Great Lakes. It is a shortcut to benefit the Canadian company, Enbridge, for exporting it's oil while we take enormous risks. Project Overview For more information, visit www.enbridge.com. The doomed pair start to sink, and the frog asks why. 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