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U-M Study Shows Scenario Following Straits of Mackinac Pipeline Rupture

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A Great Lakes research study performed by the University of Michigan, commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation, shows what would happen if the pipeline below the Straits of Mackinac ruptured. 

The 61-year-old Enbridge Pipeline below the Straits of Mackinac carries 23 million gallows of crude oil daily. 

An oil pipeline break in the strong currents of the Straits would quickly contaminate both Lakes Michigan and Huron. 

One scenario, illustrated in the video, shows oil from a hypothetical pipeline break would reach Mackinac Island and Round Island in 12 hours and Bois Blanc Island after two days. Within 20 days, the oil would reach Beaver Island and Rogers City. 

For more details on this study, click here