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Enbridge: Missing Coating Never Affected Line 5 Safety

Via AP Photo/Al Goldis

Enbridge Energy says this year was not the first time some protecting coating was scraped off the exterior of Line 5. We have more from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta.

Line 5 is the oil and gas pipeline that ships 23 million gallons of oil and gas on a route that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

The company just alerted state officials that in 2014 engineers found anti-corrosion coating had rubbed off parts of the line. Ryan Duffy with Enbridge says the engineers did not think that information was important enough to share with superiors because the integrity of the line was not affected.

“This was never a safety issue – the safety of the pipeline was never compromised.” Says Duffy.

State officials say this is one more instance of Enbridge not sharing critical information and their faith is eroding that the company takes the safety of Line 5 seriously. 

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.
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