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Senators want temporary halt of oil flow through Great Lakes pipelines over possible damage

Senators want temporary halt of oil flow through Great Lakes pipelines over possible damage

Michigan's two senators called Friday for temporarily shutting down twin oil pipelines in a sensitive Great Lakes waterway that may have been damaged by a ship anchor strike, which also is suspected in the leak of coolant fluid from nearby electric cables.

With an underwater inspection planned for early next week, Democratic Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow said oil should not continue flowing through Enbridge Inc.'s Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac until it's certain the pipes are in good shape. A wintry storm bearing down on the area made the situation more perilous, Peters said.

"Upcoming blizzard conditions and high winds pose a threat to the already-damaged...

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