State Recommends Michigan Tech to Lead Line 5 Risk Analysis
The Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board unanimously recommends Michigan Technological Univeristy to organize and lead state universities in an independent risk analysis of the Line 5 Straits Pipelines.
The Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board (PSAB) voted unanimously Yesterday (Sept. 18) to recommend Michigan Tech be placed at the helm of a risk analysis of the Straits pipelines, two parallel 20-inch pipelines that form the 4.5-mile section of Line 5 that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac.
If the State agrees with the recommendation, Michigan Tech would collaborate with other state universities to analyze the environmental and economic impacts of a “worst-case scenario” spill or release.
“Michigan’s universities would be working together to provide the data,” says Guy Meadows, director of Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center.
“Michigan Tech would lead the process because of our extensive knowledge of the Straits of Mackinac region and its complex flows, and would determine the best ways for the best people at Michigan’s universities to contribute.”
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