Enbridge pipeline project gets OK from Lake County
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent January 16, 2013 4:22PM
Updated: February 19, 2013 2:05PM
CROWN POINT — An agreement between the surveyor’s office and Enbridge Energy LP has paved the way for the company’s pipeline replacement project in Lake County to proceed.
The Drainage Board on Wednesday approved the permit request by Superior, Wis.-based Enbridge that will allow it to replace its Line 6B that runs through the county crossing drains in Turkey Creek, Deep River and Caugherty Ditch after the company agreed to beefed up safety measures for the pipeline throughout Lake County.
Lake County Surveyor George Van Til said the project passes through three county drains and will be doing open cutting, which at some point will block the drain.
“That was a major concern,” Van Til said. If a heavy rainfall were to occur during the period the drain was blocked, it could potentially cause a flooding problem. To resolve those concerns the company has agreed to a detection plan that will enable it to immediately open the drain in the event of rain.
Van Til said Enbridge also has agreed to double the size and strength of the pipeline throughout its run in Lake County. The thickness of the pipe will be increased from the current .25 inch to .5 inch throughout the county and that increase will be as much as .625 inches where the pipeline crosses the drains.
In the third key point, Enbridge has agreed to enhance its monitoring system for leak detection throughout the county as well.
Van Til said Enbridge addressed all of his office’s current concerns and he is confident moving forward if additional issues arise the company will be willing to come to table and resolve any concerns.
“We feel very positive …They have been tremendously cooperative,” Van Til said.