LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, along with the Michigan Agency for Energy, Department of Environmental Quality, and Department of Natural Resources, has announced Det Norske Veritas (U.S.A.) Inc. and Dynamic Risk Assessment Systems Inc. have been chosen to conduct independent risk analysis and alternatives analysis, respectively, for the Enbridge Line 5 pipelines that go below the Straits of Mackinac.
“Our Great Lakes are the crown jewels of Michigan and we have a duty to preserve them for generations to come,” Schuette said. “We are now taking the next step forward to formally define the environmental and financial risks we face.”
Enbridge, owner of the pipelines involved in the study, will pay $3,581,294 to fund the analyses. The state, however, will oversee the studies.
The risk analysis will attempt to identify any risks the Line 5 pipelines show, while the alternatives analysis will take a look at possible alternatives to the pipelines. These studies will help the state make decisions about future pipelines.