Port Huron Times Herald
Enbridge plans to replace a pipeline beneath the St. Clair River by mid-2011, U.S. Rep. Candice Miller said today.
Miller has been urging the oil company to fix problems in the pipe since another part of the same line broke July 25 in Marshall.
The work under the St. Clair River will start early next year, Miller, R-Harrison Township, said.
Miller issued the following statement:
“Since the rupture of the Enbridge Line 6B pipeline on July 25, 2010 in Marshall, I have expressed concern about the condition of the pipeline that runs through Macomb and St. Clair counties. When the dent in the section of pipeline that runs under the St. Clair River was brought to light, it became apparent that immediate action needed to be taken to mitigate the potential for a release of oil into the river which provides the drinking water for millions of people in Southeast Michigan. I communicated this concern with both Enbridge and the federal regulators, and brought this issue up at Congressional hearings in Washington last month where I urged immediate action.
“I am very pleased that Enbridge submitted their repair plans soon after our hearing to the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, which includes a complete replacement of the pipeline under the St. Clair River. Enbridge now clearly understands that there is a zero margin for error at this critical point. I am hopeful that the regulators will move quickly to approve the replacement plan and provide swift approval of the needed permits so this critical work can begin. I have been assured that if this happens work could begin early next year and be completed by next summer. I applaud Enbridge for the speed in which they responded to our call for action to replace this section of the pipeline and for understanding the concerns of our community.
“I understand the need for energy. Our economy relies upon continued access to energy resources, but we also must balance the economic need with the serious environmental concerns, particularly where the Great Lakes Basin is involved. I am very hopeful that this solution will allow for the continued delivery of needed energy resources while fully protecting our environment. I will continue to work in Congress to make certain that both Enbridge and the regulators live up to their responsibilities and to ensure that our environment and economy are protected.”