2016-10-06 / Opinion

Enbridge: Line 5 Provides Vital Service

To the Editor:

The health and vitality of the Straits and Great Lakes are essential to the sustainability, and the economic prosperity of the region and that is what Enbridge is committed to protecting. Line 5 is a specially reinforced and engineered pipeline that provides a vital service to the people of Michigan.

Enbridge’s extra safety measures at the Line 5 Straits crossing includes: diligent, 24/7 monitoring of the crossing, using both human and automated resources; regular inspections, using inline tools, expert divers, and remote operating vehicles (ROVs); operating the line at less than 25% of its maximum design capabilities, to minimize stress on the pipeline steel and enhance safety; pursuing and advancing commercially available technology, including collaborations with Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center; and supporting the Line 5 crossing’s extraordinary design and construction standards with proactive maintenance.

We’ve made numerous billion dollar enhancements in pipeline safety and integrity, in leak detection, in our Control Center training and procedures, emergency response protocols, and in our public engagement and awareness programs in the last five years.

Ryan Duffy

Enbridge

Editor’s Note: This comment was originally submitted on our Web site in response to the September 29 article, “We Want Clean Waters: Tribal Group Organizes Rally.”

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