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Enbridge to resume operation of east segment of Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac

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Enbridge will restart the east segment of Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac after receiving authorisation from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and approval from the Michigan Circuit Court.

Vern Yu, Executive Vice President and President of Liquids Pipelines said, "The decision to allow the restart of the east segment of Line 5 is very positive for the many residents and businesses in Michigan and the Great Lakes region who depend on the energy Line 5 delivers. Enbridge will continue to focus on the safe operation of the dual Line 5 pipelines at the Straits of Mackinac, ensuring the Great Lakes are protected while also reliably delivering the energy and feedstock that helps to fuel Michigan's and the region's economy."

Enbridge has throughout this period kept the State of Michigan fully advised of the status of the west and east segment investigations and will continue to do so.

Following a review of the data from an inline inspection of the east segment in the area around the damaged screw anchor, PHMSA indicated in a letter to Enbridge dated 4 September, 2020, that, "The review by PHMSA and its independent third-party expert did not identify any integrity issues. As no integrity issues have been identified in the area around the displaced anchor, PHMSA has no objection to Enbridge restarting the east leg of Line 5."

The west segment returned to operation in July.

Read the article online at: https://www.worldpipelines.com/business-news/11092020/enbridge-to-resume-operation-of-east-segment-of-line-5-in-the-straits-of-mackinac/

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