What really bothers me is that there are 2 large diameter, very crude bitumin oil lines running across the Mackinaw Straits here in Michigan- These lines were built back in the 50's! They are held to the bottom of Lake Michigan by old and rotten concrete anchors-
75% of this Nations fresh surface water is in the Great Lakes and these fkn greedy Oil Companies, yes the same company (Enbridge) that recently destroyed miles of the Kalamazoo River here in MI, are doing absolutely nothing about it- This is insane!
Stuff like this REALLY bothers me!
Every day 62-year-old pipelines push nearly 23 million gallons of oil through the heart of the Great Lakes. What if they ruptured?
"Aging pipelines owned by Canadian company Enbridge lie exposed in the water at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac, where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet. These pipelines, called Line 5, were built in 1953 during the Eisenhower administration.
When another Enbridge pipeline ruptured in 2010, it spilled about 1 million gallons of heavy crude oil into the Kalamazoo River. It was the largest land-based oil spill in U.S. history, and is still being cleaned up. Enbridge’s Line 5 through the Straits of Mackinac is 15 years older than its pipeline that gushed oil into the Kalamazoo River.
Despite assurances they could detect a leak "almost instantaneously," Enbridge initially misdiagnosed the massive spill into the Kalamazoo River, restarting pumps twice and allowing 17 hours to lapse before final shutdown. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency compared their poor handling of the disaster to the bumbling of the “Keystone Kops.”
This was just one of 1,068 Enbridge spills that dumped 7.4 million gallons of oil between 1999 and 2013 -- an average of 71 spills and 500,000 gallons leaked per year. That’s more than one oil spill every week for the last 15 years".
"In 2013, Enbridge upgraded pumps along Line 5 and increased the product flow under the Straits by 10 percent from 490,000 to 540,000 barrels per day, or 2.1 million gallons per day".
Thanks for the concern and I wish you all the best for the class action lawsuit-Take them to the cleaners!