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Upton on Recent Line 5 Issues: ‘We Are All Watching’

Questions Secretary of Energy on potential long-term solutions

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Washington, April 12, 2018 | Tom Wilbur (202-225-3761) | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after discovery of three small dents – likely caused by a ship’s dragging anchor – in the Line 5 pipeline, which runs under the Straits of Mackinac.  

“There is no excuse for this ship’s action and no excuse for not protecting the straits and our Great Lakes. Today I had the opportunity to discuss this issue directly with U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry during a Subcommittee on Energy hearing. I’ve also raised my concerns directly with the Department of Transportation, the State of Michigan, and Coast Guard representatives.

“In the coming days and weeks we’ll continue working hand-in-glove with all involved to ensure everything is safe. We are all watching.

“I also continue to push for long-term solutions to replacing Line 5 such as tunneling under the lake bed to establish a new, modern pipeline that isn’t as vulnerable to the elements and man-made foibles.”

To watch the exchange with Secretary Perry please click here.

Upton has previously urged action, transparency, and accountability from Enbridge Inc. officials on its Line 5 pipeline, located where lakes Michigan and Huron connect.

Upton also spearheaded the bipartisan efforts to enhance pipeline safety via legislation in 2012 and again in 2016. As part of the legislation, there was a requirement for any new pipeline under a significant body of water to be under the river/lake bed.

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