Enbridge hires companies to design, build Great Lakes tunnel By The Canadian Press | March 6, 2020, 6:36 a.m. | Share:
- The Straits of Mackinac in northern Michigan. Image: Enbridge Inc. Enbridge Inc. said Friday it has hired companies to design and build a disputed oil pip eline tunnel beneath the channel linking Lakes Huron and Michigan, despite pending legal challenges.The Canadian company is forging ahead with plans to begin construction work next year on the tunnel, which would replace twin pipes that have lain across the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac in northern Michigan since 1953.State Attorney General Dana Nessel is appealing a Michigan Court of Claims ruling last October that upheld an agreement between Enbridge and former Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's administration to drill the tunnel through bedrock beneath the straits. The case is before the state Court of Appeals, which declined to put the lower court ruling on hold while considering the matter.Nessel, a Democrat, also has filed a separate lawsuit seeking to shut down Enbridge's existing Line 5 pipes. Grow your business with the Daily Oil Bulletin – the trusted source for Canada’s oilpatch.SIGN UP TODAY FOR A FREE 14-DAY TRIAL But the company believes its success in court thus far creates “a path forward,'' spokesman Ryan Duffy said.“We feel like it's time now for Enbridge and the state to work together and keep the project moving,” he said.Enbridge planned Friday to provide a status report to the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority during a meeting in St. Ignace, Michigan. The panel was established by the law that approved the tunnel agreement.Great Lakes Tunnel Constructors, a partnership betwe en Jay Dee Contractors Inc. of Livonia, Michigan, and the U.S. affiliate of Japan-based Obayashi Corp., will build the tunnel. Arup, a multinational engineering company based in London, will design it, Enbridge said in a statement.Line 5 each day carries 23 million gallons (87 million litres ) of crude oil and natural gas liquids used for propane between Superior, Wis. and Sarnia, Ont. A roughly 6.4-kilometre segment divides into two pipes that run beneath the Straits of Mackinac.Environmental groups want the line decommissioned, contending the underwater pipes are aging and vulnerable to a rupture that could do catastrophic damage to the lakes and their shorelines. Enbridge says they're in good condition and sustained only minor damage from a tugboat anchor strike in 2018.For Love of Water, an advocacy group, urged the corridor authority to halt further work on the tunnel plan. The Traverse City-based organization argued that Enbridge had failed to seek authorization for the project through the Great Lakes Submerged Lands Act as required under a common-law doctrine that holds navigable waters and soils beneath them in trust for public uses.Bypassing those laws is ``one of the most egregious attacks on citizens' rights and sovereign public trust interest in the Great Lakes in the history of the state of Michigan,'' said Jim Olsen, the group's president.Duffy said Enbridge will seek construction permits from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.© 2020 The Canadian Press
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Mar 06, 2020
Enbridge hires companies to design, build Great Lakes tunnel
By The Canadian Press |March 6, 2020, 6:36 a.m. |Share:
The Straits of Mackinac
Enbridge hires companies to design, build Great Lakes tunnel By The Canadian Press |March 6, 2020, 6:36 a.m. |Share: The Straits of Mackinac