In a gut-wrenching article, The Detroit Free Press discussed a National Wildlife Federation report on Enbridge Energy’s pipeline plans in Michigan and the problems that have occurred in the past. The article is a harsh reminder to those with concerns who are adjacent to the pipelines.
A National Wildlife Federation report released today criticizes Enbridge Energy’s plans to expand its pipeline capacity in Michigan and elsewhere in North America in light of the company’s more than 800 oil spills between 1999 and 2010...
The National Wildlife Federation contends that Enbridge has managed to skirt federal oversight of the expansion of the Line 6B pipeline through Michigan, the same line that ruptured in Marshall in 2010, even though the oil is shipped across the border into Canada. That line travels through 11 Michigan counties, including Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw.
“In fact, Enbridge has continued to put forth, piece by piece, projects labeled as ‘maintenance and rehabilitation,’ when in fact, each piece is replacing a majority of the existing Line 6B line with larger pipe. Once completed, this new line will almost triple the capacity of the old one to create a system capable of shipping 33.6 million (gallons) per day, nearly as much as the contentious Keystone XL pipeline,” the report said.