2018-08-11 / News

Risk Analysis Meeting Is Aug. 13 in Harbor Springs

Citizens can comment on the draft risk analysis the state recently released about the worst-case scenario oil spill from Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 crossing at the Straits ofMackinacata6p.m.meeting Monday, August 13, at the Boyne Highlands Convention Center in Harbor Springs.

Guy Meadows of Michigan Technological University led a team of scientists who developed the report for the state, which was made available to the public July 16 and is posted on the Town Crier Web site. The study evaluates Enbridge’s liability if a worst-case pipeline spill were to occur, including the economic and environmental impacts to Michigan.

A worst-case rupture of both Enbridge Line 5 pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac could result in the release of 32,000 to 58,000 barrels of oil impacting more than 400 miles of shoreline in two states and Ontario, according to the draft analysis. Clean up costs for the worst-case spill would approach $2 billion, said the draft report, a 396- page assessment that analyzes events with low probabilities of occurrence, but high consequences.

Representatives of the Michigan Agency for Energy, Departments of Environmental Quality and Natural Resources, and the Michigan Tech analysis team are scheduled to attend the session. Dr. Meadows and other members of the team will give a presentation on the report’s findings and will be available for questions. The public is asked to limit questions or comments to the findings in the Independent Risk Analysis.

Dr. Meadows’ presentation will be posted to the Michigan Petroleum Pipelines Web site, mipetroleumpipelines.com.

People who have mobility, visual, hearing, or other disabilities should contact Holly Simons at (517) 284-5495 before the meeting to request assistance.

Comments on the Risk Analysis can also be made on the Michigan Petroleum Pipelines Web site until Sunday, August 19. The final report will be submitted to the state by September 15. A final decision on the future of Line 5 is expected this fall.

“Independent Risk Analysis for the Straits Pipelines” and its 34- page executive summary can be found in the Town Crier General Documents tab with free access.

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