I spent some time this AM on a conference call about this new animation and the possibility of an oil spill under the Mackinac Bridge from a 61 year old Enbridge pipeline. The pressure on the old pipeline is being doubled, and the outcome of a spill from the pipeline would be horrendous.
National Wildlife Federation – University of Michigan
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 10, 2014
CONTACT: Jordan Lubetkin, National Wildlife Federation, 734-904-1589, lubetkinnwf [dot] org
Jim Erickson, University of Michigan, (734) 647-1842, ericksnumich [dot] edu
New University of Michigan Animation Illustrates Danger of Oil Spill to Great Lakes
Straits of Mackinac ‘worst possible place’ for oil spill, says lead researcher.
ANN ARBOR, MICH. – A new animated video by the University of Michigan and the National Wildlife Federation shows how devastating an oil spill beneath the Straits of Mackinac would be for the Great Lakes, wildlife, and communities. The animation shows that if an oil spill occurs, oil could reach popular tourist destinations like Mackinac Island, blanket 50 miles of Lake Huron shoreline, and reach Lake Michigan landmarks such as Beaver Island.
“If you were to pick the worst possible place for an oil spill in the Great Lakes, this would be it,” said David Schwab, Ph.D., research scientist at the University of Michigan Water Center, one of the foremost experts on Great Lakes water currents, and creator of the animation. “The currents are powerful and change directions frequently. In the event of an oil spill, these factors would lead to a big mess that would be very difficult to contain.”