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Oil spill simulation at the Straits of Mackinac

Straits of Mackinac.  Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

Straits of Mackinac. Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

Next month the Coast Guard will be working with Enbridge to test their oil spill response plan, should line 5 ever rupture.

Steve Keck, a Coast Guard Contingency Preparedness Specialist, said a simulation of this size takes about a year to plan.
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Pipeline task force releases recommendations

The Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force has released its recommendations for Line 5 underneath the Straits of Mackinac.

No heavy tar-sands oil will be allowed pass under the Great Lakes per the task force’s first round of recommendations.
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Seven-county agribusiness forum set to discuss economic growth

Photo courtesy of the seven-county I-69 Thumb Region.

Photo courtesy of the seven-county I-69 Thumb Region.


Representatives from across a seven-county region, including Genesee, Shiawassee and Lapeer, are meeting Feb. 19 to share new agribusiness ideas.

Region officials said the time is now to share the advantages of agribusiness with potential key partners, such as policy makers and business executives.
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Enbridge pipeline task force meets with students

State, education and business officials met Monday to discuss the impact if there were to be a leak in the Enbridge pipeline running through the Straits of Mackinac.

At the meeting, a team from CMU proposed an independent study on potential economic and environmental impacts of a spill in the Straits. Continue reading

Environmental groups place more pressure on Governor to monitor Straits pipeline

Environmental groups are increasing their pressure on Governor Snyder to keep the pipelines under the Straits of Mackinac safe.

This increase in concern follows the recent proclamation by the Coast Guard saying it is not prepared to handle a “heavy” oil spill in the Great Lakes.

David Holtz is the Executive Committee Chair of the Sierra Club’s Michigan Chapter. He says Michigan would be in serious trouble if the pipelines were to rupture.

“Problem is that we know the effects that tar sands has had when there’s been a spill because thats what happened along the Kalamazoo River in Marshall. What we don’t know is whether other crude oil that is currently going through the pipe what the effects of that would be, but we certainly dont want to find out.”

As of now, Enbridge says they are not pumping “heavy” oil, or tar sands, through the pipeline that runs under the Straits. But, they are not specifically barred from doing so.

Environmental groups worry this may change in the future because Enbridge has decided to expand their Alberta-Clipper pipeline. This line does export tar sands and runs from Alberta, Canada to Superior, Wisconsin where the Straits pipeline begins.