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Enbridge says pressure test shows Line 5 is safe

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Enbridge Energy says it’s pressure testing the structural integrity of Line Five beneath the Straits of Mackinac. The company says the results appear to show the oil and gas pipeline does not pose a serious threat to the Great Lakes.

The company tested the first of two underwater pipes over the weekend.

Enbridge spokesman Ryan Duffy says the pipe was subjected to pressure several times more intense than what it’s exposed to on a normal day without a problem.

“The test confirms that the west strait segment of Line Five is fit for service.”

Duffy says Line Five is the safest way to move oil and gas through the region.

He says the test on the pipe in the eastern part of the straits will be done before the end of the week.

Enbridge is facing public pressure to shut down the 65-year-old pipeline. A state commission has asked for two reports that are due in coming weeks on the line’s safety, and possible alternatives.