Enbridge Manager of Area Operations Terry McNally at Sarnia Area Disaster Simulation. November 3, 2016 BlackburnNews.com photo by Melanie Irwin

Enbridge Invited To Speak To Lambton County Council

The mayor of St. Clair Township wants Enbridge to share its plans for the Line 5 pipeline with Lambton County Council.

Concerns have been raised about the future of the 1038 km pipeline, which runs through Michigan’s Upper and lower Peninsulas and connects to Sarnia.

Mayor Steve Arnold says it’s important that county council understands the pressures being put on Enbridge and also the environmental agencies both in Canada and the U.S.

“We haven’t as a council been kept informed about what is going on,” says Arnold. “I believe Enbridge should be here giving that information to us. So that’s why I asked them to come and I know they’ll be happy to do it. That’s the type of company they are.”

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette asked that a timeline be set to close the pipeline’s underwater crossing at the Straits of Mackinac last week, after a study commissioned by the state was released.

The study listed alternatives for Line 5, including a $2-billion southern replacement line that wouldn’t cross the straits, and construction of a trenched or tunnel crossing there.

“Things have changed over the years, as far as how a pipeline is installed, the different support mechanisms and that sort of thing and this one falls short according to the people that have talked to me,” says Arnold. “So, I want to see what their mitigation measures are going to be in regards to that. To give us a sense of feeling that they are doing the best they can to protect our people.”

Arnold has asked for a report from county staff if the company isn’t available to make a presentation to county council.