One end of severed cable in Straits of Mackinac capped and sealed

A permanent cap is soldered and affixed to a severed American Transmission Company cable April 26, 2018 in the Straits of Mackinac. The cables were raised to be permanently capped and sealed. (Photo courtesy of the American Transmission Company)

A permanent cap is soldered and affixed to a severed American Transmission Company cable  in the Straits of Mackinac. (Photo courtesy of the American Transmission Company)

MACKINAW CITY, Mich., — The south side of one of the two severed utility cables owned by American Transmission Company , was soldered, capped, sealed, and laid on the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac in its original position, Thursday.

A tug, barge, and remotely operated underwater vehicle were used to permanently seal and cap the ends of the two severed ATC utility cables.

Operations to seal and cap the remaining ends of the two severed cables will continue throughout this weekend.

ATC is currently preparing a long term plan to remove the damaged cables, under the oversight of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Additionally, Consumers Energy is developing a plan, under the oversight of the Unified Command, to respond to the damage to their deenergized, retired cables in the Straits of Mackinac. The company reported to the Unified Command that there is no free flowing fluid within their retired cables. Consumers Energy is currently working to obtain a sample of the affected line to test for chemical properties within the 46 kV cable.

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