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Enbridge gas pipeline explodes in Southeastern Ohio

Jan 22, 2019
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The rupture of an Enbridge gas pipeline outside of Summerfield, Ohio sent flames into the air at 10:40 a.m. Monday and caused the evacuation of nearby residents.

The Noble County Sheriff's Office said first responders extinguished the fire Monday.

Oil booms placed near shore during spill response drill in the Straits of Mackinac.
Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

The partial government shutdown has closed programs that monitor conditions in the Great Lakes. 

Eric Anderson is with the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Anderson, who has been furloughed without pay, says normally, the laboratory runs a computer modeling program 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which monitors ice conditions and the movement of the swift currents in the Straits of Mackinac.

Mackinac Bridge
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People have until December 18th to weigh in on a plan to build a new section of pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac. The pipeline would be put in a tunnel under the bedrock of the Straits and carry crude oil and natural gas liquids.

A diver inspects Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac for a possible dent.
Enbridge inspection video shared with the state of Michigan

A bill that would let Enbridge Energy build a tunnel under the bedrock of the Straits of Mackinac is now on its way to the governor's desk. Enbridge would replace the section of Line 5 that runs under the Straits, and build a new section of pipeline that would run through the tunnel.

A woman wearing warm clothing holds a sign that says "Shut Down Line 5, No Tunnel".
Kaye LaFond / Michigan Radio

Demonstrators gathered in Petoskey on Saturday, opposing the state's plan to build a tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac, which would house twin oil pipelines owned by Canadian company Enbridge Energy.

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Enbridge Energy has been granted its request for a permit to install 48 new anchor supports on Line 5, which runs under the Straits of Mackinac.  

The company says the new supports are a proactive measure meant to ensure the pipeline is supported every 75 feet along the lakebed in the future.   

Mackinac Bridge
Mark Brush / Michigan Radio

Governor Rick Snyder and Republican legislative leaders appear to have struck a deal that could cement a plan to bury the controversial Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac.

In October, it was announced that Enbridge Energy had agreed to replace and bury the stretch of the aging oil and gas pipeline in a tunnel under the bedrock under the Straits of Mackinac. 

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A new study predicts a major potential economic effect of an oil spill in the Mackinac Straits to the entire Great Lakes region.

The Line 5 oil pipeline which crosses the Mackinac Straits is operated by Enbridge Energy.