The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently has completed an assessment of inspection reports for Enbridge’s Line 5 at the Mackinac Straits – reviewing inspection reports dating back to 1998. PHMSA engaged Lamontagne Pipeline Assessment Corporation to conduct the independent review. The review was initiated in response to concerns among Michigan residents and leaders regarding the age of the Line 5 pipeline. Click here to access the full report, posted on PHMSA’s website.
MOGA and its members have a vested interest in the integrity of Line 5, as it is the primary transportation mode we use to safely and efficiently transport light crude produced by our Northern Michigan operations to refineries in Southeast Michigan, Northern Ohio and throughout the region. Oil produced in Northern Michigan enters Line 5 at Lewiston, near the top of the lower peninsula. MOGA has asked questions about the integrity and security of Line 5 and we have received questions from the public similar to our own. The PHMSA report helps answer those questions.
As the federal regulatory agency responsible for the oversight of pipelines, PHMSA’s assessment provides an independent report on the approximate four-mile stretch of Line 5 at the Straits. This is information valuable to you as members for your own confidence that the pipeline your business uses is being appropriately monitored, maintained and operated. The report also provides a credible reference resource for fielding questions about Line 5’s condition.
MOGA will continue to monitor PHMSA and other regulatory agencies for updated information on the Straits crossing of Line 5 in order to provide our members with up-to-date information.
MOGA is providing the following statement in response to any media inquiries we may receive about the PHMSA report:
“Michigan Oil And Gas Association, which is comprised of hundreds of Michigan-based and family-owned crude oil and natural gas producers, has a keen interest in both the operational viability and environmental and community safety of Line 5. MOGA members live in Michigan; they and their families enjoy and respect our one-of-a-kind Great Lakes.
We rely on Line 5 to be the safest and most efficient means of transporting light crude oil produced throughout Northern Michigan to refineries in Southeast Michigan, Northern Ohio and throughout the region. Hence, we have a keen interest in the continual maintenance and condition of Line 5."