Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Study: Straits Oil Spill Could Affect Vast Shoreline Areas in the U.S., Canada

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Study: Straits Oil Spill Could Affect Vast Shoreline Areas in the U.S., Canada

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Study: Enbridge pipeline could affect vast shoreline

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CALGARY - Hundreds of kilometres of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron shoreline are at risk of contamination if an Enbridge pipeline that runs between them ruptures, according to a study released Thursday.

The report by the University of Michigan Water Center, and supported by the National Wildlife Federation, is based on 840 computer simulations of possible spills from twin lines that run across the floor of the straits linking the two lakes.

Enbridge says the two lines, which form part of the 63-year-old Line 5 pipeline, has never leaked and remain in good shape.

The study looked at the potential fallout for up to five days after a theoretical leakage and found that along with significant contamination around the pipeline itself in Michigan, oil slick could travel as far as Canada's Manitoulin Island and the South Bruce Peninsula on Lake Huron. …

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