Monday, February 08, 2016

State extends public comment period on draft documents related to analyses of Mackinac Straits pipelines

LANSING -- The state of Michigan today, Feb. 8, said it is extending the public comment period on two draft requests for information and proposals (RFIs) that will be issued for prospective contractors who are interested in performing an independent risk analysis and an independent alternatives analysis related to the pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac known as Enbridge Line 5. Comments on the draft documents are now due by Feb. 16, 2016.

The Pipeline Safety Advisory Board has reviewed previous drafts of these proposals and provided input. Additionally, the proposals have been available via the Pipeline Safety Advisory Board website for several weeks.*

The analyses were recommended by the Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force in July 2015.** Implementing the recommendations of the task force continues as the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board works toward ensuring the safety, upkeep and transparency of issues related to Michigan’s network of pipelines.***

* Click here for links to the draft RFIs. Instructions for submitting comments are also located there (though the deadline so far has not been updated on that page). Comments can also be submitted from the Oil and Water Don't Mix Web page.

** Click here for the Pipeline Task Force report and related documents.

*** Click here for info on the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board.

Editor's Note: This is an update to our Feb. 5, 2016, article from the Oil and Water Don't Mix coalition: "Oil and Water Don't Mix: More time needed to examine proposals on future of Enbridge Line 5 in Mackinac Straits."

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