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Hoisted by her own pipeline petard! – Watts Up With That?

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Enbridge Enemy Whitmer declares Michigan power emergency
Ian Vandaelle, BNN Bloomberg

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has emerged as one of the most vocal opponents of Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5 project, which is the state’s primary source of domestic heating fuels. But now she has declared a state of emergency at a bitterly cold moment – and warns that an increase in the energy demand for heating fuels such as propane has strained the nationwide distribution.

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Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5 pipeline provides approximately 65 percent of the propane consumed in the state’s upper peninsula and 55 percent of Michigan’s total supply.

Last November, Whitmer revoked approval of the pipeline, arguing that the project – particularly a section that runs beneath the Great Lakes through the Strait of Mackinac – poses an “unreasonable risk” to the state.

BNN Bloomberg

How stupid does a politician have to be to try to shut down the main source of heating oil in his country just before winter? You’d have to be doubly stupid to do this in a state with real winters like Michigan. As bad as the Texas energy disaster was, the icy weather that triggered it only lasted about 10 days.

Whitmer is driving to shut down Enbridge’s line 5
Beth LeBlanc
The Detroit News, November 13, 2020

Lansing – Governor Gretchen Whitmer plans to shut down Line 5 by revoking and ending a 1953 easement that allows Enbridge Energy to operate the double pipeline through the Straits of Mackinac.

The announcement was hailed on Friday by environmental groups to protect the Great Lakes and was attacked by the governor and energy companies of neighboring Ohio in an attempt to cost jobs and raise fuel and heating prices for consumers.

The Democratic governor said Friday that she had filed a lawsuit to confirm the lawsuit in the Ingham County Circuit Court. Enbridge has to shut down the pipeline by May, according to the announcement.

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The Detroit News

While the contract would have allowed the pipeline to run until spring, how would Michiganders heat their homes next winter? The section of Line 5 that runs through the Strait of Mackinac will eventually be replaced by pipelines that run through the Great Lakes Tunnel. However, this is not even fully allowed.

The Great Lakes Tunnel Project

On December 19, 2018, Enbridge announced that it had reached an agreement with the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority (MSCA) on the future of Enbridge’s Line 5 Light Oil and Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) pipeline on the Mackinac Strait.

The Great Lakes Tunnel, a $ 500 million private investment by Enbridge, Michigan, is being built deep under the road to accommodate Line 5. While Line 5 has operated safely and reliably in the road for more than 65 years, the Great Lakes Tunnel is being built to get you drilled through rocks up to 100 feet below the lake – making the possibility of a pipeline incident in the strait handy is excluded.

The Great Lakes Tunnel is a daunting undertaking. It is built by Michigan workers and leverages the knowledge and experience of industry-leading tunnel engineers. Pending the necessary permits and permits, Enbridge expects to begin construction of the Great Lakes Tunnel in 2021 to accommodate a replacement segment of Line 5 in the road.

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Enbridge has received permits from the Michigan Department of the Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) but still needs permits from the Michigan Public Service Commission and the US Army Corps of Engineers before construction can begin.

Governor Witless and the same group of environmental terrorist organizations have also spoken out against these permits. This is literally government sponsored environmental terrorism …

Lose Whitmer, Nettle, as Court of Appeal upheld Line 5’s Tunnel Act
Karen Bouffard
The Detroit News, June 11, 2020

Lansing – The Michigan Court of Appeals unanimously upheld the constitutionality of a law allowing Enbridge to build a tunnel for 66-year-old Line 5 under the Strait of Mackinac – another setback for Attorney General Dana Nessel’s quest to halt the operation of the oil pipeline.

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The Detroit News

These greentards are literally killing people to shut down pipelines.

Line 5 has been in operation for almost 70 years without incident …

Above line 5
Power for Michigan since 1953.

While traveling under the Strait of Mackinac, Line 5 branches off into two parallel pipelines 20 inches in diameter. For this reason, the pipeline system is sometimes referred to as a “double” or “double” pipeline. They start underground on land, taper deep underwater, and cross the strait for 4.5 miles.

The products were used on Line 5 for boiler houses and businesses, fuel vehicles, and the power industry in the state of Michigan.

Line 5 supplies 65% of the propane needs in the Upper Peninsula and 55% of the state-wide propane needs in Michigan. In total, Line 5 carries up to 540,000 barrels of light crude oil, light synthetic crude oil and natural gas liquids (NGL) per day (bpd) that are refined into propane.

Mackinac Junction Line 5 was built in 1953 by Bechtel Corporation to meet exceptional design and engineering standards. It is in excellent condition and has never experienced a leak in more than 65 years of operation. The intersection of Line 5 has an exceptional and incredibly durable enamel coating and pipe walls that are three times thick (at least 0.812 inches) than a typical pipe. In addition, the Bechtel Corporation – known for the legendary Hoover Dam – designed and built Line 5 in an area of ​​the strait to minimize possible corrosion due to lack of oxygen and cold water temperature. This attitude helps maintain the integrity of Line 5, which has enabled it to serve the region safely and reliably for more than six decades.

We’re working hard to keep it that way. We monitor the street of Line 5 around the clock with specially trained staff and sophisticated computer monitoring systems. We also conduct regular inspections of the line using in-line tools, skilled divers and remote controlled vehicles (ROVs) that go beyond legal requirements.

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