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Oil Spill in the Great Lakes? How safe are the pipelines?

Dr. Ed Timm will speak on Line 5 Thursday, March 16, at LSSU’s Crawford 204 at 5:30 p.m.

Two aging pipelines owned by Enbridge Energy run across the Straits of Mackinac on Lake Michigan bottomlands, transporting 23 million gallons of oil daily. A University of Michigan study called it “the worst possible place” in the Great Lakes for an oil spill.

A presentation by Dr. Ed Timm, PhD will be held Thursday, March 16, starting at 5:30 p.m. in Crawford Hall 207 on Lake Superior State University’s campus.

“Using Enbridge’s own data I calculated that the non Straits sections of line 5 have, on the average, lost 45 percent of their wall thickness do to internal and external corrosion.” — Dr. Ed Timm

Dr. Timm, a retired chemical engineer from Dow Chemical, will discuss the design and condition of the Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline which runs the entire length of Michigan. Carrying oil from Canada and North Dakota, Line 5 traverses at least 45 Michigan waterways before it crosses the St. Clair River to a refinery in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.

The public is encouraged to attend and free pizza will be provided.

Sponsored by The Three Lakes Group of the Sierra Club.

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