Governor Whitmer sends second letter to Enbridge, asks company to shut down dual pipeline

LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) - Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Saturday sent a second letter to Al Monaco, CEO of Enbridge, requesting that Enbridge immediately shut down the dual pipeline running through the Straits of Mackinac until damage is investigated, assessed and preventative measures are put in place.

Given the gravity of this matter, I was taken aback to learn the company has unilaterally resumed operation of the west leg without even opportunity for discussion, said Governor Whitmer. At this moment, Enbridge is pumping crude through the Great Lakes on state-owned bottomlands without any explanation for the cause of this damage to the pipeline structure and no assurance that Enbridge has taken sufficient steps to mitigate future harm. This disregard for the safety and well-being of our Great Lakes, and Enbridges due care obligations under the 1953 Easement, is unacceptable.

In addition to the governors prior information request, she also asked Enbridge to provide a full report as to the cause of this damage and what measures Enbridge will put in place to prevent this harm from happening again. Once the state, or a third-party selected by the state, has reviewed this information, the state and Enbridge can discuss when normal operations may resume.

On Thursday, Enbridge alerted the State of Michigan an anchor support on one of the dual pipelines running along the bottomlands of the Straits of Mackinac had incurred significant damage. This support lies approximately 150 feet f....

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