FILE - This Feb. 11, 2014, aerial file photo shows a view of the Mackinac Bridge, which spans a 5-mile-wide freshwater channel called the Straits of Mackinac that separates Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas. Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan said Friday, April 13, 2018, that the flow of crude oil through twin pipelines through the Straits should be suspended until authorities determine how severely they were damaged by what may have been a ship anchor strike. The Coast Guard is delaying action because of a heavy storm expected this weekend. (Keith King/Traverse City Record-Eagle via AP, Pool, File) (Associated Press)

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. — The Latest on damage to oil pipelines and electric cables in Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac (all times local):

11 a.m.

A Michigan company blamed by the state attorney general for damage to underwater electric cables and oil pipelines says it’s cooperating with the investigation.

Attorney General Bill Schuette said Tuesday that his office is bringing a civil action against VanEnkevort Tug & Barge, based in Escanaba, Michigan.

Schuette says a VanEnkevort vessel dragged an anchor through the Straits of Mackinac shipping channel April 1 at the time two submerged cables and two oil pipelines were damaged. The straits connect Lakes Huron and Michigan.

Company spokesman Darrell Wilson says a VanEnkevort tug and barge were in the area that day.

The cables leaked 600 gallons (2,270 liters) of insulation fluid containing mineral oil and benzene.

Enbridge Inc. says its oil pipelines were dented but the lines’ integrity wasn’t compromised.


7:30 a.m.

Michigan’s attorney general says a tugboat dragged its anchor as it passed through the waterway connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, causing recent damage to underwater oil and electrical lines.

Attorney General Bill Schuette said in a statement Tuesday that he notified Vanenkevort Tug and Barge that he’s planning civil action against the company because of the damage believed to have happened April 1 in the Straits of Mackinac.

The Associated Press sent an email seeking comment from Vanenkevort, based in Escanaba, Michigan.

Two electric cables leaked 600 gallons (2,270 liters) of insulation fluid containing mineral oil and benzene. Enbridge Inc.’s twin Line 5 pipelines carry crude oil and liquefied natural gas. The company has said that the pipelines were dented, but said the integrity of the lines weren’t compromised.

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