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Oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac does not meet state specifications


LANSING (WKZO) --  State Officials have been worried that Enbridge’s #5 pipeline which runs under the Straits of Mackinac could burst just like the one in Marshall.

It was also built decades ago, in 1953 and now state officials have learned it was never built to state specifications. 

The easement requires that the pipeline has supports every 75-feet, but Enbridge admitted in recent reports that some are closer than 75-feet and others are further apart. 

A.G. Spokesperson Joy Yearout says Enbridge has been given 90 days to come up with a plan to remedy the situation.

  Enbridge spokesman Jason Manshum says they have been replacing sandbag supports with steel collars that screw into the sediments, and will step that up to comply with the easement.

Enbridge insists the line is safe, but state officials want assurances, because a pipeline leak in the Straits would be another environmental disaster.