Line 5: More Supports Missing

Enbridge Energy says the portion of its Line 5 oil and natural gas pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac that does not have supports has grown.

The unsupported span is now 81-feet long according to the Canadian firm, six-feet longer than what is allowed under an easement agreement with the state. The MichiganDepartment of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy was notified by Enbridge yesterday, and the company notes it applied for the approval of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to put in more screw anchors and supports in March 2018. That permission has not been granted.