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New Research on Line 5 Oil Spill Paints a Grim Picture

A new Enbridge Line 5 oil spill simulation by Dave Schwab at the University of Michigan Graham Sustainability Institute was released today that reveals the potential damage to the Great Lakes reaches farther and wider than originally estimated.


The Oil & Water Don't Mix campaign is working every day to shut down the flow of oil moving through the Straits of Mackinac, but we need your help. Please donate to our campaign today so that we can keep the pressure on state lawmakers to do the right thing and protect the Great Lakes from a disastrous oil spill. 

University of Michigan Water Center researcher Dave Schwab illustrated the potential danger of a possible oil spill near the Straits of Mackinac using computer modeling to show how the oil quickly spreads to Lake Huron, and Lake Michigan, contaminating shoreline areas miles away from the Line 5 pipeline. New animation released shows the spread of oil (see below). This is just one scenario. To see more animations of other release scenarios click here.


A total of 720 miles of Great Lakes shoreline are potentially vulnerable to a Straits of Mackinac oil spill.

Visit the the Graham Sustainability Institute website for the complete report.



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