Little Oversight for Enbridge Pipeline Route that Skirts Lake Michigan

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Despite calls for extra protection for the vital watershed, Enbridge expects to have its final permits from Indiana to begin construction in May or June.        
       

   
           
                    By David Hasemyer and Lisa Song
       
       

In the northwestern corner of Indiana a major pipeline project is planned that will carry vast quantities of heavy Canadian crude oil across four rivers that flow into Lake Michigan, where 10 million people get their drinking water. The pipeline will cross one river just 11 miles from the lake. It crosses the other three rivers less than 20 miles from the lake.
Because the pipeline runs so close to Lake Michigan—and because it is being built by a company with a history of pipeline spills in the region—a growing coalition of environmental groups is demanding that it be given extraordinary oversight and protection.
But getting those protections will be almost impossible.
No federal or Indiana agency has authority to require the pipeline's Canadian operator, Enbridge, Inc., to move the line out of the Lake Michigan watershed—or to add extra safeguards, including sophisticated technology that can detect even minor spills.

      See Also: 
   
           
                    EPA Worries Dilbit Still a Threat to Kalamazoo River, More Than 2 Years After Spill       
             
                    Michigan Landowners Quietly Rack Up Court Victories in Pipeline Fight With Enbridge        
             
                    The Dilbit Disaster: Inside The Biggest Oil Spill You've Never Heard Of, Part 1       
       

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