A Michigan-based water law and policy group pushing for the permanent shutdown of an oil and gas pipeline through the Straits of Mackinac says it has found more alternatives that would eliminate the need to process propane in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Advocates say Michigan officials are delaying potential action to close oil pipelines running beneath the Straits of Mackinac by undergoing a pair of studies that could take up to 18 months to complete.
Groups that have been closely involved with Michigan officials’ inquiry into the safety of oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac say the ongoing process is moving too slowly and continues to favor the company.
The North Dakota Industrial Commission is preparing to finalize a package of rules governing pipelines, and neither the oil industry nor landowners are happy.
Consumer advocates in Michigan say a proposed $2 billion natural gas pipeline would be a bad deal for ratepayers and potentially violate a state code involving business between a utility’s regulated and unregulated affiliates.
Top Michigan officials announced Tuesday that the state would not call on Enbridge Energy to shut down a controversial oil pipeline that runs along the floor of the Great Lakes, suggested that the line may have a limited lifespan.
The potential for sinkholes could pose problems along interstate gas pipeline routes through northwest Ohio, warns a report submitted to federal regulators last month.
As the oil and gas industry pushes for new laws exempting information about pipeline infrastructure from being released to the public in the name of national security, advocates say doing could actually increase the risk for everyone.
An administrative law judge in St. Paul this week is expected to issue an advisory opinion that regulators will use to resolve some thorny questions around the proposed Sandpiper pipeline.
While the national media spotlight has been on the Keystone XL pipeline, another large tar sands crude oil pipeline scheme has significant implications for Wisconsin.