From SURF.org- SUSTAIN UNITE RESTORE FORTIFY
Our Friends at SURF.org have a terrific online journal that posts important pieces about Great Lakes protections and conservation issues.
In June, Beth Wallace posted this piece that really brings the oil pipeline issue home to those of us that live in the Great Lakes.
Last June, the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council hosted a public symposium focused on hazards associated with the 61-year old Mackinaw pipeline and its relationship with Embridge tar sands oil transportation.
To prepare people for that meeting B. Wallace prepared the piece, 10 Little Known Facts About the Mackinac Oil Pipeline which we are pleased to link to here.
SUMMARY: 10) Two pipelines, not one, 9) Exports oil out of the U.S., 8) Carries tar sands oil, 7) spilled oil might not surface, 6) Suspends a sunken river, 5) Just increased in pressure, 4) Could have 700 crack features, 3) 640 miles of unknown pipeline, 2) Spill response plans will not work, 1) Line 5 has a history of failures.
In the coming days we will bring more stories about Embridge, oil transportation, and the Great Lakes. What is going on in your community, we would like to know. Please use our comments section if you have any stories or links to stories that we should be paying attention to.