Officials from Enbridge, the company installing a pipeline across the southern end of the state, said they plan to complete pressure testing a portion of the new line within the next week.
A 33-mile portion of the pipeline, from Mendon west to Niles, has been subject to pressure testing to ensure the integrity of the infrastructure. Eventually, the pipeline will carry crude oil from a refinery in Northwest Indiana to an area near Port Huron.
The so-called 6B Pipeline is replacing the original 210-mile long pipeline that is 40 years old. Fourteen miles of the pipeline are in St. Joseph County.
The task is costing Enbridge $1.3 billion.