Alternatives Analysis Report for Line 5 at the Straits of Mackinac
Opportunities to Submit Public Comments
On June 29th, an independent, 3rd party alternatives analysis for Enbridge’s Line 5 was released, which will provide information and data to assist the State of Michigan in future decisions about the Straits Pipelines. The report can be accessed in its entirety
on the Michigan Petroleum Pipelines website, www.mipetroleumpipelines.com.
A 30-day public comment period on the report developed by independent contractor Dynamic Risk Assessment Systems, Inc. opened July 6. After the initial 30-day comment period, the public will have another 15 days to reply to comments received during the initial 30-days. This is your chance to improve the report that will serve as a basis for future decisions on line 5.
The State was also conducting a Risk Analysis designed to focus on Enbridge’s potential liability for a worst case scenario spill from the Straits pipelines and Enbridge’s responsibility to maintain adequate financial assurance should a spill occur. The State terminated its contract with Det Norske Veritas (U.S.A.) Inc., which was performing the risk analysis on the pipeline, due to a conflict of interest that arose with an employee. Therefore, no risk analysis is being offered for public comment at this time. The State is exploring its options for gaining the necessary information and no decisions have been made at this time regarding how to proceed with a risk analysis.
The deadline to submit public comments on the Alternatives Analysis
for Line 5 at the Straits draft report is August 4, 2017
Comments should focus on the following:
Public Comments Submitted By Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board Members
Mike Shriberg, Ph.D., National Wildlife Federation
Jennifer McKay, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council
R. Craig Hupp, R.C. Hupp Law
Guy Meadows, Michigan Technological University
Chris Shepler, Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry Service
Watershed Council's Analysis of the Alternative Analysis Draft Report