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Mich. Regulators OK Permit for Pipeline Anchor Supports

Enbridge plans to install 48 additional supports on its Line 5 pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac. Enbridge plans to install 48 additional supports on its Line 5 pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac. |  Photo: WDIO-TV

Created: December 05, 2018 10:02 AM

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) - Michigan regulators have issued a permit that allows more anchor supports to bolster twin oil pipelines in the Great Lakes at the Straits of Mackinac.

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The Department of Environmental Quality announced the update Tuesday.

Canadian oil transport giant Enbridge had asked the DEQ to allow 48 additional supports for its Line 5 pipes. They'll be attached to the pipes and screwed into the lakebed.

Line 5 extends from Superior, Wisconsin, to Sarnia, Ontario. A section runs beneath the straits, where lakes Huron and Michigan converge. The company made requests to install supports after gaps were discovered beneath the pipes. The DEQ earlier granted a permit for 22 supports .

The update comes as Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder works to finalize an agreement with Enbridge to replace Line 5's underwater segment.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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