“The problem with the plan … is there is no plan,” Don Steckman, supervisor of Ferrellgas, the U.P.’s largest propane retailer declared in a recent interview. Losing Line 5 “would be a much bigger problem than people realize, much, much bigger.”
An article recently featured in the Marquette Mining Journal centers around the lack of emergency plan on the books to oversee propane distribution in the Upper Peninsula should Enbridge Line 5 cease to function for an extended period, even though nearly two-thirds of the propane used annually in the region originates from the pipeline.
In a statement released earlier this week by Enbridge, the company has confirmed it has placed additional operating pressure restrictions on the pipelines across the Straits of Mackinac as a precautionary and prudent measure. Reporting they took this step in close consultation with their federal regulator PHMSA (the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration), with federal code, and with the State of Michigan.
The operating pressure is what pushes the product through the line, Enbridge spokesman Ryan Duffy told The Detroit News. “Line 5 is tested at 1200 pounds per square inch, the maximum pressure we’re allowed to run at is 600 psi, but as an extra safety measure, we elect to operate the line day to day at just 150 to 200 psi.”
Enbridge noted that diver inspections continue. Plans to reinforce the pipes continue to be developed and will be finalized in close coordination with PHMSA and the State of Michigan.
In their statement, the company reiterated that the structural integrity of the pipes remain sound and the regular operations of the pipelines continues at the reduced pressure limit. Enbridge continues to work closely with the State and United States Coast Guard as they investigate what is believed to be an unauthorized anchor drop in the Straits that caused denting on Line 5.
The total number of visitors to the National Park system grew from 273 million in 2006 to 331 million in 2017! At the same time, the number of sites in the park system grew from 390 to 417. Despite this rise in popularity, the National Parks Service (NPS) has struggled to find the money to preform the necessary maintenance and upkeep of its parks and facilities. NPS is currently facing a $11.6 Billion maintenance backlog. Could oil and gas leases, exploration, and royalties be the answer?
The Administration wants to use oil and gas money to fix the national parks. Does this model sound familiar? read up on the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund before you read the article in the Washington Post.
There’s a big problem with casting natural gas as the villain: There’s not much real evidence for it, says Mark J. Perry, a professor of economics at the Flint campus of the University of Michigan and a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.
In fact, U.S produced natural gas has help bring us closer to energy independence than ever before. Natural Gas has brought down home heating costs and contributed to the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing all while significantly reducing our carbon emissions.
"As it considers a proposal to build a new natural gas plant, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) should consider government data that show many environmental impacts — acid rain, respiratory ailments, and carbon emissions — have been reduced significantly during the past decade, and generally are still declining."
We often think about the great trails and parks the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and the State Parks Endowment Fund have helped to create and maintain, but what about the connection between Michigan's local oil and gas production and our state's abundant wildlife?
In an opinion column published yesterday in The Detroit News, Leon Drolet, Macomb County Commissioner and Chair of the Michigan Taxpayers Alliance details how oil and natural gas have helped fuel wildlife recovery across the Great Lakes Region.
"Environmental awareness, conservation practices, and regulation have substantially improved our environment. But the role of oil and gas is rarely understood or appreciated. It is a sad irony that anti-fracking and anti-oil pipeline activists are working to ban the very industries that made the resurgence of our forests and improved air quality possible".
Michigan's UP provides the wood used to construct the court flooring for this year's Final Four games.
(Photo: Mike Lanka, Western Michigan University)
About a mile-and-a-half underground in north-central Michigan, an almost-forgotten reserve of the potassium-rich mineral salt potash could be worth $65 billion to the Michigan economy.
A widely used agricultural fertilizer, Michigan's potash may be some of the purest found anywhere in the world. It's spurring a Colorado engineer and geologist's plan for a more than $700-million mining and processing facility in Osceola County.
"This is a transformative, generational opportunity for Osceola County," said Michigan Potash CEO Theodore Pagano. "One of the world's tightest-controlled commodities sits in Evart Township, and it's the highest-graded ore by a factor of two. And it sits in a location better than anybody else's in the world."
Check out the Detroit Free Press Articles on the Core Lab and Michigan's Potash Deposit
US oil is pumping at record levels, putting the country on track to surpass Russia as the world's top oil producer as soon as this year by one recent account from the International Energy Agency. Booming U.S. production and restraints on oil production abroad have allowed the country's oil production to surge to the top spot. The shift marks a heady departure from the soaring prices, limited supply and fears of "peak oil" that marked the 1970s, when disruptions sparked by the Arab oil embargo in 1973 and Iranian revolution in 1979 caused prices to soar, or from more recent times, when U.S. production lagged far behind that of top producers such as Russia and Saudi Arabia. The surge dates to developments in the late 2000s, when advances in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and horizontal drilling techniques in the U.S. opened huge reserves of oil – and natural gas – deposited in shale rock formations. U.S. energy producers were suddenly able to access giant supplies of oil that they hadn't been able to get to before, either due to a lack of technology or because the price was prohibitive.
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