On July 12, 2019, Canada’s National Energy Board approved Enbridge’s Line 5 St. Clair River crossing replacement project. This follows on the heels of the vote taken June 24th, by the Marysville City Council, who voted unanimously to approve the contract with Enbridge. The existing St. Clair River crossing stretches approximately 3,000 feet across the river and sits just under the river bed. Beginning in September/October of 2019, Enbridge will directionally drill and then pull through a new pipeline 32 feet below the bottom of the St. Clair River. The project is estimated to create about 30 construction jobs and will cost $8 million to $10 million.
When asked about the project, Lara Hamsher, a community engagement official with Enbridge said "the current operating line (in Marysville) has no integrity concerns and is currently operating safe, and would operate safe for the foreseeable future. Out of a proactive agreement to protect integral waterways within the state of Michigan, and that specifically connect to the Great Lakes, we agreed to do this."
The project honors the November 2017 agreement between the State and Enbridge, in which Enbridge agreed to replace the St. Clair River crossing as soon as it received the necessary federal (U.S. and Canadian) and state approves.
“When officials can improve the community’s infrastructure on someone else's dime, they should do it.” Marysville Mayor Dan Damman said.