Pipeline deal reached … but what has changed?

Leaving the Pipeline

Leaving the Island, photo by Robert F. Carter

EDITOR’S NOTE: I agree with the position of Sean McBrearty of Clean Water Action – this “plan” to fix a multi-billion dollar threat to the economic engine of the Great Lakes within seven to ten YEARS is wildly unacceptable. We don’t need the pittance we receive from this pipeline in exchange for the unimaginable risk to the lives & livelihoods of all of us in the Great Lakes State.

In Michigan, company reach oil pipeline deal by Associated Press writer John Flesher writes (in part):

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration and Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge have agreed to replace twin 65-year-old crude oil pipes in a channel linking two of the Great Lakes with another that would run through a tunnel far below the lake bed, officials told The Associated Press.

The plan calls for drilling an opening for the new pipeline through bedrock at depths that could exceed 100 feet (30 meters) beneath the Straits of Mackinac, a more than 4-mile-wide (6.4-kilometer) waterway where Lakes Huron and Michigan converge, officials told the AP prior to an announcement scheduled for Wednesday. The massive engineering project is expected to take seven to 10 years to complete (my emphasis), at a cost of $350 million to $500 million — all of which the company would pay.

In the meantime, about 23 million gallons (87 million liters) of oil and natural gas liquids used to make propane would continue moving daily through the twin lines at the bottom of the straits. They are part of Enbridge’s Line 5, which extends 645 miles (1,038 kilometers) from Superior, Wisconsin, to Sarnia, Ontario, crossing large areas of northern Michigan.

…Environmental groups promised a fight as rumors of the agreement spread in recent days. They contend the only safe course is to reroute Enbridge’s oil away from the straits.

“Michigan gets nothing in this deal except a continued unacceptable risk to our water, while Enbridge continues to rake in massive profits and use our state as a shortcut for Canadian oil,” Sean McBrearty of Clean Water Action said during a Lansing rally this week.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the next administration would have legal authority to undo the agreement. Michigan owns the straits bottomlands and granted Enbridge an easement when the pipes were laid in 1953. Creagh said any effort to revoke it would trigger a lengthy and expensive court battle.

Read on for more and follow John Flesher on Twitter @johnflesher.

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5 thoughts on “Pipeline deal reached … but what has changed?

  1. This pipeline was completed way before I was born and to tell you the truth I did not know it existed. Something is not right as it is in Michigan waters and the State of Michigan still receives ZERO. I think we need a real negotiator at the table. Look how President Trump just re-negotiated the old NAFTA.

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      1. My thoughts exactly. I wish this was my forte, but wishing doesn’t overcome complete lack of applicable (?) skill in negotiating and force of will. Hopefully there are pros I can leave it to, and support.

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  2. Hi, I am not sure that I agree with your pipeline 5 comments – but I love your Michigan in Pictures and would like to support it. How do I send a check? Sincerely, Jonathan Schmidt

    On Fri, Oct 5, 2018 at 7:33 AM Michigan in Pictures wrote:

    > farlane posted: ” Leaving the Island, photo by Robert F. Carter EDITOR’S > NOTE: I agree with the position of Sean McBrearty of Clean Water Action – > this “plan” to fix a multi-billion dollar threat to the economic engine of > the Great Lakes within seven to ten YEARS is” >

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