The work to replace the St. Clair River crossing segment of the Line 5 pipeline comes as part of the agreement signed between Enbridge and the State under the Snyder administration. The existing pipeline is installed in a trench that sits about five feet below the riverbed. In order to replace the pipe, Enbridge will use horizontal directional drilling from the U.S. side of the river, and plans to pull the new 2,800 foot section of 30-inch diameter pipe through the borehole. The new pipeline will sit about 30 feet below the riverbed. According to Enbridge, crews have started preliminary work on the Canadian side of the St. Clair crossing and they plan to begin welding the new pipeline next month.
"This is one part of those agreements where we are going above and beyond for safety, really, and just making what's been a safe pipeline there even safer". - Ryan Duffy with Enbridge.