On January 13, 2020 Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Director Dan Eichinger sent a letter to Vern Yu, Executive Vice President and President of Liquids Pipelines for Enbridge Inc., requesting documents and information regarding Enbridge's 1953 easement granted by the Michigan Conservation Commission. This would include, but is not limited to information on anchor strikes, the pipe's curvature, investigations and corrective actions taken on the pipeline, any damage or leaks that may have occurred since 1953, and communications with the state about any damages.
The letter comes as part of the DNR's review of the pipeline that was requested by Gov. Whitmer in June. The review is intended to determine the past and present compliance of Enbridge to its 1953 easement.
Enbridge will have 30 days to respond with the requested documentation. A full list of information requested can be found in the letter.
Enbridge spokesperson Michael BARNES said the company had received the state of Michigan's information request on a line that he said has been "operarting safely and reliably since it was constructed more than 60 years ago."
"The pipeline is an essential part of Michigan’s energy infrastructure system, helping Michiganders heat their homes and powering business across the State and region," Barnes said. "We are committed to making a safe pipeline even safer by investing $500 million in the construction of a tunnel under the Straits to house the pipeline – thereby further protecting the waters of the Great Lakes and everyone who uses them."