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Letter: Well-managed pipelines best way to move energy

August 4, 2017
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Editor:

We are a small, family-owned energy producer employing great people in West Michigan for the last 40 years.

We operate several hundred oil and gas wells in Michigan, where some have called to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 through the Straits of Mackinac.

Your readers should know that shutting down Line 5 may be irresponsible and could result in major additional risks impacting the citizens of Michigan. Line 5 was built to transport petroleum products, such as propane, to thousands of homeowners in the Upper Peninsula and oil from wells in Michigan to refineries in Detroit, Sarnia (Canada) and Toledo.

Without Line 5, these imperative resources would be trucked by thousands of tankers on our highways, travel by rail through our communities or barged on the waters of the Great Lakes. These alternative modes of transportation expand the risks significantly.

All of us depend on the reliable and safe operation of Line 5 to transport the essential petroleum products we require. Michigan’s home state energy production provides secure, affordable and reliable energy that drives our state’s economy.

That energy — gasoline, diesel, home heating oil and propane, and the thousands of petroleum products derived from these resources — should reach communities across the state in the safest manner possible.

State regulators are completing a study of the Line 5’s condition. Everyone should pay close attention to what they find. Well-managed pipelines are the safest, most efficient way to move energy long distances. If the independent study confirms Line 5 is still in good condition, it is the best option to maintain Michigan’s energy security.

Todd R. Mall

President

Trendwell Energy Corp.

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