[Webinars] Get Informed on Crude Oil Transport in The Great Lakes
Posted on: September 5, 2019
Opposition to crude oil transport in the Great Lakes was enhanced by recently released footage of damage to Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. (Screenshot of video posted to youtube by Senator Gary Peters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S50WOb58G4s)

Since crude oil transport in the Great Lakes has been making headlines, you may be looking to become more informed on the subject. The Great Lakes Sea Grant Crude Oil Transport Network began making this information available through a series of webinars in 2016. They can still be accessed online at the bottom of the following webpage: Great Lakes Sea Grant Crude Oil Transport Network Webinars.

This summer, a new webinar was conducted each month, with the final one coming Sept 11:

June 26, 2019: Guy Meadows, Director of the Great Lakes Research Center at Michigan Tech, presented on Collaborative efforts to model potential oil spills in the Great Lakes, particularly in the Straits of Mackinac where currents are notoriously complex and unpredictable.

July 23, 2019: Steven Keck, Chief of Emergency Management and Force Readiness for the Sector Sault St. Marie Coast Guard, discussed Oil spill response excercises and planning. Each time they conduct a spill test, a great deal of information is gathered that can make response teams more effective in the event of a real catastrophe.

August 19, 2019: Bill Hazel, Vice President of Marine Services, Marine Pollution Control in Detroit, Michigan presented on Oil spill response capability for heavy oil products.

The next webinar will be held on September 11, 2019. Lt. Michael Doig, NOAA Scientific Support Coordinator, U.S. Coast Guard Great Lakes District, will discuss NOAA scientific support for oil spillsRegister HERE

The Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council is also conducting a pipeline-related webinar on September 16 called “Pipeline Permitting in Michigan: How To Effectively Participate in the Decision-making Process” : Register HERE

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