The Dirty Secret at the Bottom of the Great Lakes: Oil & Water

Published on Aug 11, 2015

The world's largest crude oil transporter has a secret buried deep in the Great Lakes—two aging oil pipelines that transport 23 million gallons of crude oil through the largest body of fresh water on earth. 

Enbridge, the company that operates the pipelines, insists that the two 20-inch pipelines stretching across the Straits of Mackinac could last indefinitely. But one look at the company’s environmental record tells another story: Enbridge had more than 800 spills in North America between 1999 and 2010, dumping nearly 6.8 million gallons of oil. The largest spill released one million gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River, only a few hours drive away from the Mackinac Straits. Activists and advocates have independently verified that parts of the pipeline—built in 1953—are sitting unsupported on the bottom of the lake and in major need of repair. 

Motherboard travels to Michigan—oil spill central—to investigate the threats of crude oil being transported through one of the largest freshwater ecosystems in the world by a company with one of the most egregious environmental records.

Published on Oct 24, 2015

–Spencer Chumbley, @spencerchumbley, Washington, DC based journalist and filmmaker, joins David to discuss a ticking time bomb oil pipeline in the Great Lakes

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 Don't forget The Straits of Mackinac Pipeline http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2015/06/11/straits-mackinac-pipeline... 

so much going on to ruin our home lands and waterways

ENBRIDGE
OVER TROUBLED WATER
THE ENBRIDGE GXL SYSTEM’S THREAT TO THE GREAT LAKES
If you drive a car in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois or Michigan, chances are
there’s tar sands in your tank. That fuel probably comes to you courtesy of
Canada’s largest pipeline company, Enbridge.

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