Consumers Energy cooperating with agencies to investigate Straits of Mackinac cable damage


MACKINAW CITY, Mich. – The American Transmission Company's recent underwater inspection in the Straits of Mackinac revealed that additional electrical cables were potentially damaged.

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Consumers Energy, which was notified by the ATC of the potential damage, owns deenergized retired cables west of the Mackinac Bridge. Consumer Energy said since continuous oil flow was not used in the design of these cables, leakage would not occur.

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Following the notification by ATC, Consumers Energy has implemented steps to confirm the findings by collaborating with the Unified Command, the ATC, U.S Coast Guard, and federal and state officials.

The cables were permitted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and installed in an easement granted by the State of Michigan in 1956 and ultimately retired in place in 1990.