Canada's Enbridge to resume east leg of Line 5 pipeline

FILE PHOTO: The Enbridge Tower is pictured on Jasper Avenue in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on August 4, 2012. REUTERS/Dan Riedlhuber

(Reuters) - Enbridge Inc said on Wednesday it will restart the east segment of its Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac after receiving authorization from the U.S. federal pipeline regulator.

In a statement, the Canadian pipeline operator said a review by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration did not identify any integrity issue around a displaced anchor and had no objection to restarting the east leg.

“The decision to allow the restart of the east segment of Line 5 is very positive for the many residents and businesses in Michigan and the Great Lakes region who depend on the energy Line 5 delivers,” said Vern Yu, Executive Vice President and President of Liquids Pipelines at Enbridge.

The 67-year-old Line 5, a part of the vast North American Mainline network, travels through the Straits of Mackinac, which connects Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

A Michigan circuit court judge had allowed the Canadian company to restart operations at the west leg of the pipeline in July while the damaged east leg was shut following damage.

Reporting by Shradha Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri