2017-11-16 / News

Line 5 Public Feedback Session Planned for St. Ignace

The Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Panel will host three meetings in December for the public to provide input on what steps the state should take regarding the future of Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 pipeline. A meeting in St. Ignace is planned for Tuesday, December 12, at 6 p.m. at Little Bear East Arena.

The long-awaited Alternatives Analysis report will be released pub- licly Monday, November 20. Outside of the public meetings, comments on the report will be accepted electronically or by mail until Friday, December 22.

The report was conducted by independent contractor Dynamic Risk Assessment Systems, Inc. It looks at what methods other than a pipeline Enbridge could use to transport light crude oil and natural gas liquids from Superior, Wisconsin through the Straits of Mackinac to Sarnia, Ontario.

The initial draft report was released in July. The public comments and replies to those comments were considered to be included in the final report.

After the state has finished reviewing the report, Enbridge will have five business days starting Monday, November 13, to review the report before it’s released to the public. According to its agreement with the state to fund the report, Enbridge cannot ask that the report be changed.

Other public feedback sessions will be held Wednesday, December 6, in Taylor, and Wednesday, December 13, in Traverse City.

The report will be released on the Pipeline Safety Advisory Board Web site, https://mipetroleumpipelines. com. The public will have until December 22 to submit their comments on what the state should about Line 5. Comments can be submitted on the advisory board’s Web site or via mail to: Department of Environmental Quality, Attn: Line 5 Alternatives Analysis, P.O. Box 30473, Lansing, MI 48909-7973.

The Michigan Agency for Energy, Michigan Attorney General’s Office, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and Michigan Department of Natural Resources will use the alternatives analysis and a pending independent risk analysis to inform any decision about the future of the pipeline.

In August 2016, the state commissioned independent contractors to complete two analyses. The risk analysis was not finished after a conflict of interest was discovered on the study team. Guy Meadows of Michigan Technological University is working with the state to establish a team of academic experts from colleges and universities to perform a new risk analysis.

The Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board will hold its next quarterly meeting Monday, December 11, at the Causeway Bay Lansing Hotel and Convention Center in Lansing.

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