Federal officials and energy transportation industry representatives gathered Monday at
Peters also underscored a “significant deficiency of trust” in
“We know it’s a ticking time bomb. We have to find an alternative,” Peters said.
Peters questioned how quickly
Peters suggested some areas with pipelines are more environmentally sensitive than others — particularly the Straits of
“You will not find a more sensitive area anywhere in
When further questioned by the senator, Elliott conceded the agency has never used its authority to order the decommission of a pipeline, an answer that prompted a man to shout “time to start” from within the standing-room only audience of more than 400.
That outburst paled in comparison, however, to widespread and intermittent hissing from the crowd during the testimony of
Peters questioned why he had to make repeated phone calls to federal authorities to get the pipeline shut down in the days immediately after the anchor strike when a winter storm bared down on the region. The senator said
Bryson said the company worked within the unified incident command structure headed by the
“We had confidence the system integrity was intact,” he said.
Peters questioned whether the company would release to the public video footage of visual inspections done on Line 5 after the anchor strike, that showed the incident caused not just denting, but gouging on the dual pipelines. Bryson said
A crowd favorite during the hearing was
“The bottom line is we know there are alternatives,” he said.
Others to testify and answer Peters’ questions Monday included Coast Guard Rear Admiral
Peters is a member of the
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