State seeking public comment on pipeline draft documents

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State officials are seeking public comment on two draft requests for information and proposals that will be issued to contractors interested in performing independent risk analysis and independent alternatives analysis on pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac.

The state says the draft documents are due by Friday.

Previous drafts of the proposals have been reviewed by the Pipeline Safety Advisory Board which has provided input.

The Enbridge Line 5 pipelines carry up to 23 million gallons of oil daily beneath the waterway where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet.

Analyses were recommended by the Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force in July 2015.

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  • Andrew

    My input:
    The fundamental element of politics is negotiation and compromise. But there are some things that are too important to compromise on. Some things transcend politics. This is one of those things. There is more at stake here than money. More than safety and security. This is one third of the fresh water on the planet at stake here. Our species could very well be hanging in the balance. With all of the other environmental issues facing the planet, we can not afford to put this resource at risk. These pipelines should be removed and replaced, or they should be sealed and securely encapsulated so that if a failure occurs there will be no risk of water contamination.

    I have long been in favor of the building of a land bridge to replace “Big Mac”, which has been increasingly expensive to maintain. Building a land bridge would not only provide long term construction and maintenance jobs to the state, but it would provide an avenue for the pipelines to cross the straights in a cheaper and more easily maintained manner. In addition, it would allow for the isolation of Lake Michigan from invasive species from the Atlantic, and route shipping through Detroit rather than Chicago, creating more jobs for Michigan. There simply is no downside to it.

    In any case, no compromises should be made regarding these pipelines.