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Cindy Childs
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 8:10 am    Post subject: Straits Oil Pipeline Reply with quote

I didn't know they were still using the old pipeline that was in the straits, this is serious, it wasn't made nor meant to handle the extra pressure or volume of oil.

Got this link from the Facebook post on this subject:


and Dan Reynold's letter:

Dear ______,

I am shocked and deeply disturbed to discover that there is a 60-year-old oil pipeline currently in operation beneath the Straits of Mackinac. The pipeline is operated by a Canadian corporation called Enbridge, the same entity that was responsible for the devastating spill that continues to plague the Kalamazoo River area, its tributaries and its wildlife.

Whatís more, Enbridge is now requesting permission to increase the volume of tar sands oil that is being pumped through the Straits pipeline Ė a request that, according to the National Wildlife Federation, puts the Straits area at significant risk of a spill that could easily destroy its animals, plants, waters, shorelines and quality of life.

The Kalamazoo River spill occurred in July, 2010, at a pumping station near Marshall. Recent NTSB findings indicate Enbridge officials ignored leak warnings at the site for 17 hours before closing that section of pipeline. Because of the corporationís negligence, more than 20,000 barrels of oil were allowed to escape into the soil, tributaries and river. They failed to act until a local utility company alerted them that the leak was real.

Twenty thousand barrels of oil is staggering. Enbridge claims the river and its environs have been restored as much as possible, yet earlier this month Ė more than two years after the spill occurred Ė the EPA told Enbridge that more cleanup efforts are still needed. More than a million gallons of spilled oil have been recovered, but countless more gallons have ravaged the area. The effects are incalculably far-reaching and will continue to do harm for generations after we are gone.

Now, letís imagine a similar incident occurring beneath the Straits of Mackinac. Given the location of the pipeline and the currents through the Straits, the effects of even a small spill would be amplified far beyond the magnitude of the Kalamazoo River disaster. Spilled oil would reach the Mackinac Bridge, Mackinac Island, Bois Blanc Island and countless other shoreline sites within minutes. Every one of Michiganís key waterways and many tourist destinations would be damaged or destroyed for many lifetimes into the future.

In light of the irreparable damage it has caused, it is unfathomable that this corporation is still allowed to have operations within the state of Michigan. Not only should Enbridge be denied permission to increase the volume of oil it pumps through the Straits, it should be forced to cease operations anywhere in this region. A pipeline cannot be operated safely in such a vulnerable area, and Enbridge has already demonstrated its capacity for criminal negligence. Few people are even aware that there is an aging pipeline under the pristine waters of the Straits, and that is the only reason there has been little public outcry until now.

Bois Blanc Island is my home, and the Straits of Mackinac region is undeniably Michiganís most valuable natural asset. The risk of allowing a pipeline to operate in a way that threatens this region is far too significant. On behalf of the residents, wildlife and pristine natural wonder of this area, I beg you to initiate and enact legislation that will help to shut this pipeline down for good.

Thank you for your time and attention to this impending disaster.


Please share with EVERYONE, you never know who is linked to anyone with influence to stop this disaster before it can occur.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cindy, thanks for sharing this on this site. The letter is meant for anyone to send to MI lawmakers if they so choose. I am also working on a "protest song" about the pipeline that will be included on the next BBI album, if all goes well. We do need to take this VERY seriously. By all accounts, Enbridge, who operates the pipeline, is a careless corporation that has a track record of dangerous spills (800+ spills in the past 10 years, with several millions gallons of oil lost into the environment). I have never been known as an environmental activist, but this is just too much of a threat to BBI for us to ignore.

This company currently pumps 20 MILLION GALLONS of tar sands oil PER DAY through the Straits pipeline. They want to increase this daily volume to 22 MILLION GALLONS. The pipeline is located just west of the bridge. Currents would disperse any spill over thousands of square miles of Lakes Huron and Michigan, directly affecting Bois Blanc, Round and Mackinac Islands.

This pipeline is 60 years old. It was installed in 1953 - four years before the bridge was completed - and it has never been replaced or upgraded. One mishap and life would change on BBI, and throughout the region, for as long as we live.
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