Upton: ‘Lack of transparency from Enbridge completely unacceptable'
New letter to company requests documents, in-person update
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today sent a letter to Enbridge as it relates to the company knowing of damage to portions of the enamel coating on the Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac as far back as 2014. Upton is requesting both documents not provided after a previous request and a meeting with the highest-ranking official Enbridge can provide within two weeks.
In addition to the letter, which can be found here or below, Upton released the following statement:
“The lack of transparency from Enbridge is completely unacceptable. Michigan deserves better. I will continue to hold Enbridge accountable for their inactions when it comes to the Line 5 pipeline.”
Full text of letter:
Mr. Al Monaco
200, Fifth Avenue Place
Dear Mr. Monaco:
It is with great concern that I recently learned that Enbridge knew of damage to portions of the enamel coating on the Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac as far back as 2014. This revelation is inconsistent with statements made by the company earlier this year to me and the Michigan Pipeline Safety Board indicating that there were no sections of the pipe where bare metal was exposed underwater.
Although Enbridge has stated that the safety of the pipeline was not compromised by the loss in coating, it is absolutely unacceptable that the people of Michigan were kept in the dark about this issue for three years. The Great Lakes are far too important of a resource to be threatened by your lack of transparency and attention to detail in reporting.
I also write today as a follow up to the letter I sent you on September 11 of this year. In that letter, I requested that you provide an updated copy of Enbridge’s integrity management plan for Line 5, which you have failed to do.
As a response to this letter, I request that you provide the following two items:
1. A detailed explanation of when Enbridge discovered gaps in the protective coating on the pipeline, what steps were taken to mitigate that issue, why it was not reported to the relevant regulating agencies upon discovery, and what the company is doing to ensure all pipeline integrity information has been supplied to safety authorities.
2. A full and up-to-date copy of Enbridge’s integrity management plan for Line 5, demonstrating compliance with relevant pipeline safety laws and regulation.
Furthermore, in light of recent revelations and Enbridge’s ongoing inability and/or unwillingness to provide pressing information, I am requesting a meeting with the highest-ranking official you can provide within two weeks. Thank you for your attention to this matter. I look forward to your prompt and thorough response.