Two aging pipelines that carry ~20M gallons of oil and natural gas every day under the Straits...

Two aging pipelines that carry ~20M gallons of oil and natural gas every day under the Straits of Mackinac in northern Michigan are time bombs that could devastate the upper Great Lakes if they rupture, according to a National Wildlife Federation report. The pipelines are owned by Enbridge (ENB -1.1%), which was responsible for the 2010 spill that fouled the Kalamazoo River two years ago.
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  • User 509088
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    of course any sort of criticism of enbridge is seen by the canadian government as ecoterrorism. outside agitators was the phrase for the nixon era.
    19 Oct 2012, 01:45 PM Reply Like
  • Windsun33
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    "could... if..."


    It could be bad for pollution if a giant sulfer meteor hits the earth also.


    Without some actual numbers - such as age and status of the lines, actual likelyhood - and a host of other facts, that statement means nothing.
    19 Oct 2012, 01:50 PM Reply Like
  • Mike Maher
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    If you click the link to the article, you see the pipes are 59 years old. Usually, I'd blow this article off, but Enbridge has had some issues with leaking pipelines in the past, which could either be bad luck, or a sign that Enbridge needs to do a better job at maintaining and checking its pipelines. Only time will tell.
    19 Oct 2012, 02:18 PM Reply Like
  • Tom in Texas
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    20 million gallons! Damn, that over 2.5 billion ounces!
    Love it when the econazis at WLF want to shut down modern civilization.
    BTW, milk is measured by the gallon, oil is measured by the barrel.
    19 Oct 2012, 01:50 PM Reply Like
  • mr091468
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    Here's old Andy's (the writer) credentials. Kinda says it all.

    19 Oct 2012, 02:02 PM Reply Like
  • JLesinski
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    "Enbridge spokesman spokesman Larry Springer said the report is rife with misconceptions about the company's emergency response plans and safety measures. He said the pipelines, known as Line 5, meet all federal standards and are inspected every couple of years using internal sensors and remote controlled submersibles equipped with cameras. Both types of inspections have been performed this year, Springer said."


    Yep that's good enough for me. Wonder if the market will give me my 1% back...
    19 Oct 2012, 04:59 PM Reply Like
  • JDHallII
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    Whatever the problem is or is not. The only question is, what is the company doing about fixing it. If there is a problem and I would suggest, and inasmuch as my family has been in the petroleum business since 1938, that 59 year old pipes are problematic. Better to have a fix immediately than deal with the god awful repercussions of a bad event, both financially and in the press.
    19 Oct 2012, 05:15 PM Reply Like
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    these are all valid concerns. The infrastructure North America is aging. It is not just pipelines. It's overpasses ,bridges etc..


    So that pipelines do really need to consider what to do. But so does the government(s) .
    Are the pipeline companies more negligent... not sure.


    Maybe foreign operations are taking too much from home.
    19 Oct 2012, 05:33 PM Reply Like
  • oilyolin1
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    1 barrel=42 gallons . 20m/42= 476,190.47 barrels of oil. I believe this is correct. I guess the sky would fall if this happens. You have any Idea how much oil eep transports a day? Read the facts on their website. Accidents do happen but cars don't run on air very well.
    19 Oct 2012, 06:01 PM Reply Like
  • Mike Maher
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    Enbridge US moves a little over 4 million barrels a day, according to the website. I'd say that a pipeline rupture that would cause 10% of their total capacity to spill into the largest lake system on the planet is something we should try to avoid.

    19 Oct 2012, 08:12 PM Reply Like
  • Doug759
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    Having been a share holder in Enbridge for a number of years, I expect my company to act responsibly towards environmental safety. 59 year old pipelines seem old. Special consideration towards such a sensitive exposure is warranted.
    21 Oct 2012, 06:23 AM Reply Like
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