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Despite pledge, Enbridge yet to release info on anchor strike


The Line 5 oil pipelines in the straits of Mackinac were struck by an anchor last April. Then at a hearing held by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) in August, Enbridge Energy Vice President David Bryson pledged to release information on the strike.

"Will you provide full documentation of the damage sustained to Line 5 by the anchor strike, including all video and images, will you commit to doing that?" Peters asked.

"Yes, I will," Bryson responded.

But now over 8 months later, Enbridge hasn't done that. In a statement to IPR, the company says they're waiting for the U.S. Coast Guard to finish their investigation on the damage.

"Additional information was provided to Senator Peters and the Senate Commerce Committee. The U.S. Coast Guard has not yet issued a final report on the incident and therefore Enbridge considers it an active investigation. Going forward, the Line 5 tunnel project in the Straits would eliminate the possibility of an anchor strike, because the pipeline would be inside a tunnel with foot-thick concrete walls, approximately 100 feet below the lakebed," the statement read.


Chief of Prevention at the USCG Doug Salik oversees that investigation, and says they're not stopping Enbridge from releasing the information.

"I’m unaware of the Coast Guard asking Enbridge to not release any data,” Salik says. “They can choose to release it if they want to."

Salik says their investigation has entered it's final stage and could be released in the next few months.

Max came to IPR in 2017 as an environmental intern. In 2018, he returned to the station as a reporter and quickly took on leadership roles as Interim News Director and eventually Assignment Editor. Before joining IPR, Max worked as a news director and reporter at Michigan State University's student radio station WDBM. In 2018, he reported on a Title IX dispute with MSU in his story "Prompt, Thorough and Impartial." His work has also been heard on Michigan Radio, WDBM and WKAR in East Lansing and NPR.