Senators Raise Questions About Underwater Oil Pipeline

Dec 11, 2013

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow.

  Michigan’s two U.S. Senators are raising a series of questions about the safety of an oil pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin are asking for a response from the federal agency that oversees pipeline safety.

Earlier this year Enbridge Energy increased the flow in line 5 by 50,000 barrels a day. That also meant increased pressure in the 60 year old line.

The senators point out that a spill in the waters of the Straits would have devastating effects on the Great lakes and on the region’s economy.

Environmental advocates held a rally at the Straits last summer to highlight the risks of the underwater pipeline.

Enbridge says it passed all the required safety testing before increasing the flow.

U.S. Senator Carl Levin.

A different Enbridge pipeline ruptured near the Kalamazoo River three years ago. That cleanup is still going on.

Click here for the full text of the letter sent Wednesday.