LANSING, Mich. (AP) – State officials have given Enbridge Inc. permission to install 22 more anchor supports along twin pipelines at the bottom of the waterway linking Lakes Michigan and Huron.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality issued a permit last week allowing the supports for Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac.READ MORE: 3 Dead, 9 Hurt In Separate Weekend Shootings In Detroit
Enbridge says it’s a “proactive” step to fasten the pipelines to the lake bottom and keep them in place when currents erode dirt beneath them.READ MORE: Olivia Newton-John, Beloved Singer, Songwriter And Actress, Dies At 73
The underwater pipes are part of a line that carries 23 million gallons of crude oil daily between Superior, Wisconsin, and Sarnia, Ontario.
Mlive.com reports that the underwater segment already has 128 support anchors.MORE NEWS: 80% Of Benton Harbor's Lead Service Lines Replaced, Officials Say
Environmentalist groups that want the 65-year-old pipelines decommissioned say the extra supports won’t make Line 5 safe or prevent a catastrophic spill.