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Transporting oil and natural gas, Enbridge Energy Company’s Line 5 is a 645 mile pipeline that runs from Superior, Wisconsin to Sarnia, Ontario. Constructed in 1953, this aging pipeline transports up to 540,000 barrels per day through the 4.5 mile stretch underneath the Straits of Mackinac in the Great Lakes.  Line 5 provides 65% of propane demand in the upper peninsula, and 55% of Michigan’s total propane need.

In 2017, the following bills were introduced in the 115th Congress:

  • H.R. 458- Preserve Our Lakes and Keep Our Environment Safe Act
    Sponsor: Rep. Trott, David A [R-MI-11] (Introduced 01/11/2017)
    This bill has the same purpose as the Great Lakes Pipeline Safety Act, and is almost identical to the previous bill.  The bill has been introduced and referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee and to the House Energy and Commerce committee.
    Current Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Environment on 01/25/2017.
  • S.1226 - LINES Act      
    Sponsor: Sen. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI] (Introduced 05/24/2017)
    To amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to equalize liability and financial assurance requirements for onshore pipeline facilities that could discharge oil into the Great Lakes system with such requirements for offshore pipelines, to authorize the Secretary of Transportation to issue an emergency order directing pipeline owners to comply with existing pipeline operating agreements or acquire sufficient resources to appropriately respond to possible oil spill incidents, and for other purposes.
    Current Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works on 05/24/2017.
  • S.1460 - Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017
    Sponsor: Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK] (Introduced 06/28/2017)
    A bill to provide for the modernization of the energy and natural resources policies of the United States, and for other purposes.
    Current Status: Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 162 on 06/29/2017.
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Kate Ballard
Alexandra Sutton Lawrence, M.Sc.
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