Enbridge seeks to secure the future of secure power transmission
As an 18-year-old employee of Enbridge, one of North America’s largest energy providers, I was disheartened by a recent letter to the editor of this article, “Weighing the Costs of lines 5 and 3 ”(June 20) by Mr. Keith Mannes. The letter portrays Enbridge and its employees in an ill-informed manner with unfounded and irresponsible allegations. I would like to offer another perspective.
After: Letter: Weigh the costs of lines 5 and 3
Many readers of The Holland Sentinel may recognize the name of Enbridge; We are deeply invested in Michigan through our energy pipeline systems that serve the Great Lakes region and ensure affordability of all kinds of energy resources and fuels. Others may know that we are working on the construction of the Great Lakes Tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac to house our Line 5 pipeline, which currently sits at the bottom of the lake and has operated there without incident for over 65 years. years.
Mr Mannes’ accusations that Enbridge employees are teaming up with local Minnesota police to quell protesters against a pipeline replacement project underway there are ludicrous and patently false. We welcome constructive dialogue – even strong criticism – about our projects as it often leads to project improvements that meet community priorities. We know that not everyone will always agree, and we know that the public has a wide range of views on how to meet energy needs and protect the environment. These opinions are often heated.
But as a business and as members of the community, we cannot ignore or allow any form of violence, vandalism or threat to the safety of people – employees, neighbors or protesters – like the one that has recently taken place. produced around our Minnesota project. Such illegal activity endangers the community, workers, protesters and law enforcement. It is rare to see such activity around our projects, as peaceful and civil protests are the norm.
Mannes, however, struck the right chord when he said that no one likes to “pay more for gas” and that there must be “a balance between energy needs and protecting and respecting the environment. “.
I think we can all agree that energy is vital for safety, health, security, mobility, our economy and more. Take a moment to think about the range of challenges of any power or fuel supply disruption – they can be minor to serious inconvenience and life threatening.
The recent Colonial Pipeline hack and six-day shutdown that led to gasoline price spikes along the East Coast is just one example.
Enbridge strives every day to balance the supply of energy in the safest and most efficient manner possible to maintain affordability, while protecting the environment and all the communities through which our pipelines pass. Our employees take great pride in our work and the value we bring.
It may surprise readers that Enbridge is also active in the renewable energy sector. As an energy leader, we invest in solar, wind and other energy sources in ways that ease the transition and ensure reliability and affordability. We are seizing opportunities to help tackle climate change and we are taking real, measurable action to do so.
Safety is always a major concern. We continually invest in our energy systems to keep them in top operating condition and we are building new systems designed to meet the future needs of society. This is precisely the goal of the Great Lakes tunnel project in northern Michigan and the replacement of Line 5 in the tunnel.
According to a recent poll, 83% of Michigan residents believe a shortage of propane supplies and increased costs will occur if Governor Gretchen Whitmer wins in her efforts to idle Enbridge Line 5.
Enbridge’s work to construct the Great Lakes Tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac and relocate Line 5 there and out of the water will address these concerns; 70 percent of Michiganders support the construction of the tunnel.
The facts are irrefutable: Michigan and the surrounding Great Lakes states, as well as Canada’s two largest provinces, depend on Line 5 to meet both energy supply needs and environmental protection goals. .
– Paul Meneghini is the Manager of Community Engagement for Enbridge Inc.