Enbridge Line 5, Photo Credit: Michigan Radio dot org

In 2009, days before the Kalamazoo River spill, Enbridge told us to trust their “automatic valves.” The valves failed. In 2016, again we are being asked to trust their “automatic shut off valves” for a 63 year old oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.

Read for yourself from 2009:

“Our response time from our control center can be almost instantaneous, and our large leaks are typically detected by our control center personnel,” Adams told the lawmakers. “They can view that there is a change in the operating system, and there are provisions that, if there is uncertainty, they have to shut down within a period of time, and that would include the closing of automatic valves.” Enbridge company’s vice president of U.S. operations, Richard Adams assured a congressional subcommittee on pipeline safety.

Source: Elizabeth McGowan and Lisa Song, InsideClimate News

We all know how this turned out.

Kalamazoo River Cleanup, Photo Credit: Coastal Tarsands

Ryan Duffy, an Enbridge spokesman, speaking about LINE 5 on April 4th, 2016:

“There are automatic shut off valves located on either side of the Straits of Mackinac that will shut down the flow of product into the line within three minutes if there is a drop in pressure …”

Source: Stephanie Parker, Energy Global, World Pipelines, April 4, 2016

Sound familiar?

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