Enbridge Awaits Permits from Army Corps of Engineers to Continue Line 5 Span Management Program
August 07, 2019
As part of its Line 5 Straits agreement signed with the State of Michigan in December 2018, Enbridge today reported to the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), and the Department of Natural Resources that one of the spans between supports has grown to exceed 75 feet, the limit for each span under the easement agreement. Enbridge is reporting the span length on this one span because it believes its agreement with the State is valid. We remain in compliance with the easement. We have already filed permit applications to do the work to address the spans and have received the state permits from EGLE.
The current span length poses no integrity or safety risk to the pipeline.
To further reduce the length of existing spans and to ensure anchor distances do not exceed 75 feet, Enbridge submitted an application to EGLE Line and the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) in March of 2018 to install additional screw anchors. Our permit application to the Corps has been pending for approximately 16 months and we await the Corps approval to proceed.
The remaining screw anchor installations will proceed when the Corps permit is issued. Enbridge has screw anchors and crew ready to install the span support as soon as the permit is received from the Corps and, weather permitting, the work can be completed within two business days.
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