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Michigan Radio: Line 5 Status Still Unknown

In spite of all of the time spent and research done to compile the Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force Report there is still so much we do not know.

Mark Brush of Michigan Radio reports

People in Michigan are naturally concerned about the thousands of miles of pipelines crisscrossing the state. After all, Michigan suffered through the worst inland oil spill in U.S. history.  

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And there's one pipeline in particular that people are quite concerned about:Enbridge's Line 5 moves more than 500,000 barrels of oil and other liquid petroleum products (like propane) a day under Lake Michigan at the Straits of Mackinac.

As one expert told me, this is "beyond a sensitive area" to oil spills.

The company, of course, tells us the pipeline is safe, but when I tried to get that independently verified last fall, I quickly discovered the company holds on tight to information about the condition of Line 5 under the Straits.

This week, the state of Michigan released a much-anticipated report from its pipeline task force, but information about the condition of Line 5 was not in it.

Listen to the full report here


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