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Upton Calls for Continued Vigilance of Line 5

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Washington, June 12, 2017 | Lynn Turner/Tom Wilbur (202-225-3761/269-385-0039) | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after Enbridge completed a successful pressure test over the weekend: 

“A spill on our Great Lakes would be catastrophic with immediate and long-term harm. This test is a step forward but we must remain vigilant as this is high stakes for our Great Lakes. It is of the utmost importance that Enbridge fully complies with the tough standards we mandated under law. This testing took place thanks in part to bipartisan pipeline safety legislation I helped usher into law in 2016. While this specific test was successful, we must continue to probe Line 5 for any vulnerabilities. I look forward to seeing these additional tests move forward this year for the betterment and safety of the entire Great Lakes region.”

In 2016, Upton helped usher the PIPES Act, bipartisan pipeline safety legislation, into law. The PIPES Act included a provision, championed by Upton, which requires increased annual inspections for underwater pipelines such as the Line 5 pipeline that runs under the Straights of Mackinac. 

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