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Enbridge Gets OK to Install Anchors to Lake Michigan Pipeline

March 27, 2018, 5:47 PM

Enbridge Inc. plans to install up to 70 new anchors for its Line 5 pipeline across the bed of Lake Michigan, indicating the company is taking steps to extend the safety and life of the 65-year-old line despite calls from environmentalists and state officials to close it.

The anchors are meant to better secure the 645-mile mixed oil-and-gas line to the lake bed and prevent damage from rough waters in the Straits of Mackinac. Line 5 supplies 65 percent of propane demand in the Upper Peninsula and 55 percent of Michigan’s statewide propane needs, according to Enbridge.

The ...