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Re: Why Michigan won't shut down the Mackinac straits oil pipeline
« Reply #165 on: April 13, 2018, 09:56:44 AM »

Here's the link to the piece I referenced in my prior post:

https://mynorth.com/2016/09/line-5/
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Re: Why Michigan won't shut down the Mackinac straits oil pipeline
« Reply #166 on: April 15, 2018, 05:15:21 PM »

I thought the nerd had said that Enbridge would be shutting the lines down during inclement weather...

this sounds like it took some prodding (and a power outage in Wisconsin) to get them to shut down!

http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2018/04/damaged_enbridge_line_5_shut_d.html
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Re: Why Michigan won't shut down the Mackinac straits oil pipeline
« Reply #167 on: April 16, 2018, 08:37:03 AM »

You ought to know by now that what the 'nerd' says and what actually occurs are usually polar opposites.  Enbridge will do whatever they want to, when they want to until force is applied to compel them to act and the 'oil lobby' in Lansing is very strong and out representatives weak and suseptable to greasing (as evidenced by Zorn and the Karst fiasco here in Summerfield Township).

Enbridge is well bankrolled and not about to 'shut down' line 5 unless they are compelled to and I don't see that happening, until it leaks and then the finger pointing will begin...  and it will eventually fail and it will destroy the Straits and Enbridge will go bankrupt and we will get stuck with the clean up bill.  How it works.  Poop rolls downhill...  downhill to us... ;D
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Re: Why Michigan won't shut down the Mackinac straits oil pipeline
« Reply #168 on: April 16, 2018, 07:03:02 PM »

At least they're attempting to actually take a look at the damage now!


http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2018/04/after_weekend_shutdown_enbridg.html
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Re: Why Michigan won't shut down the Mackinac straits oil pipeline
« Reply #170 on: April 16, 2018, 10:13:20 PM »

One day closer to failure...  I'm amazed and a bit distressed over the USCG dragging their feet on the 'anchor strike..  I'm beginning to think that a USCG ice breaker actually did the deed which is why the CG is silent.  If so, how do they account for their own mistake?

Pretty easy to know what vessels were in the Straits on the day(s) the 'strike' happened.
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Re: Why Michigan won't shut down the Mackinac straits oil pipeline
« Reply #171 on: April 17, 2018, 09:16:51 AM »

The anchor dragging ship has been identified.  Interesting that it is a somewhat local company so you would think they would have known that this stretch is a no anchor zone!

http://upnorthlive.com/news/local/schuette-civil-action-against-company-who-owns-boat-that-dragged-anchor-in-straits
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Re: Why Michigan won't shut down the Mackinac straits oil pipeline
« Reply #172 on: April 17, 2018, 11:01:03 AM »

Some basic info on the ship itself:

http://www.tugboatinformation.com/tug.cfm?id=8355
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« Reply #173 on: April 17, 2018, 11:33:43 AM »

I've seen it on Cleveland on the Cuyahoga over wintering at the Acellor Mittal dock off Valley Road in the flats before.  It's an odd looking vessel.

Guess we will see how 'on duty' Schutte proceeds.
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Re: Why Michigan won't shut down the Mackinac straits oil pipeline
« Reply #174 on: April 19, 2018, 05:43:55 PM »

This isn't the first time this tug boat company has been in trouble with the state:

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2018/04/shipping_firm_sued_by_state_in.html
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Re: Why Michigan won't shut down the Mackinac straits oil pipeline
« Reply #175 on: April 21, 2018, 10:08:36 AM »

Another great photo from the space station.

The upper peninsula is on the left and Line 5 crosses at an angle in the lower part of the photo.  You can't see anything in the water but if you know where to look you can see the buildings involved with the pipeline and the power stations connecting to the underwater power cables. 

http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/04/international_space_station_cr.html

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« Reply #176 on: April 23, 2018, 10:07:19 AM »

Seems like I saw something over the weekend that said this machine will also be taking some photos of the damage to Line 5 once they have finished with the power cable recon. 

I keep reading lots of them patting themselves on the back about all the 'cooling oil' they have recovered...   but all of it is what was left inside the electric cables after the break.  I haven't read anything about how they're recovering the oil that actually leaked and got away.

That may all end up in someone's drinking water one of these days :( :( :(

http://upnorthlive.com/news/local/sonar-equipment-deployed-to-assess-damage-to-cables-in-mineral-oil-leak
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Re: Why Michigan won't shut down the Mackinac straits oil pipeline
« Reply #177 on: April 23, 2018, 11:15:26 AM »

More postulation and one day closer to a failure.
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Re: Why Michigan won't shut down the Mackinac straits oil pipeline
« Reply #178 on: April 24, 2018, 09:50:29 AM »

Very obvious and substantial damage to one of the power cables.  Seems like at one point I read there are a total of six of them across the straits. 

I'm curious as to the design and style of the anchor involved. 

So far I haven't seen any photos of any damage to the Line 5 pipes.  I'm sure any photos of that will be scrutinized very closely before anyone can post those!!!

http://upnorthlive.com/news/local/the-unified-command-releases-photos-of-damage-to-utility-cables-in-straits

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Re: Why Michigan won't shut down the Mackinac straits oil pipeline
« Reply #179 on: April 25, 2018, 12:40:29 PM »

Wow.....I bet things got 'sparky' down there........ ;D
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