Tuesday, June 10, 2014

How emergency responders in Michigan are preparing for the next pipeline break

From:  Michigan Radio

Workers measure pipe before cutting and removing the section from the Enbridge pipeline oil spill site near Marshall, Michigan. This photo was taken on August 6th, 2010.

There are close to 70,000 miles of underground pipelines in Michigan carrying all kinds of materials around the state – things like natural gas, refined petroleum, and crude oil.
And for the most part, we really don’t notice these pipelines. That was true in Michigan until one summer day three and half years ago when this happened:

The Kalamazoo River oil spill was the worst inland oil spill in North America.

It took Enbridge Energy 17 hours to realize they had a broken pipeline.

The people who live in the area were the first to realize there was a problem. It was a Sunday night, and the first caller to 911 complained of a "very, very, very strong odor, either natural gas or maybe crude oil."

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