tar sands oil http://michiganradio.org en Debate over Keystone XL pipeline heating up http://michiganradio.org/post/debate-over-keystone-xl-pipeline-heating <p>The two sides of <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/05/12/keystone-pipeline-is-d-c-s-dumbest-debate.html">the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline</a> are stepping up their campaigns.</p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/19/us/politics/us-delays-decision-on-keystone-xl-pipeline.html?_r=0">For six years, the Obama administration has been reviewing the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline.</a> The pipeline would carry tar sands oil south from the Canadian border to the Texas Gulf Coast.</p><p></p> Sat, 17 May 2014 17:28:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17643 at http://michiganradio.org Debate over Keystone XL pipeline heating up No more oil in latest survey of BP oil spill in Lake Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/no-more-oil-latest-survey-bp-oil-spill-lake-michigan <p>The Coast Guard says crews didn't find any more oil during the latest search of the Lake Michigan shore following last week's spill at BP's northwestern Indiana refinery.</p><p>Last Monday, BP's oil refinery in Whiting, Indiana south of Chicago spilled crude oil into Lake Michigan. The company estimates the spill to be somewhere between 630 and 1,638 gallons. The oil made its way into the lake through a malfunction in the refinery's cooling system.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:44:45 +0000 Mark Brush 17037 at http://michiganradio.org No more oil in latest survey of BP oil spill in Lake Michigan Oil spills into Lake Michigan from BP refinery in Indiana http://michiganradio.org/post/oil-spills-lake-michigan-bp-refinery-indiana <p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This post was updated as we waited for an estimate on how much oil spilled into Lake Michigan from the BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana. Now that an estimate has been released, we'll continue to follow this story in other posts.</span></em></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Update: Thursday, March 27, 4:39 p.m.</span></strong></p><p>BP has revised its estimate of how much oil spilled Monday. It now says 15-39 barrels leaked from the Whiting Refinery. That's<strong> </strong>about <span dir="ltr" id=":15g">630-1,638</span> gallons.</p><p>Petty Officer Jeremy Thomas is with the U.S. Coast Guard’s Marine Safety unit in Chicago.</p><p>He says a small crew has been removing the oil manually. He says the cleanup efforts are going well.</p><p>“That involves either a gloved hand or a shovel or rake or some sort of hand powered tool to remove the oil from the shoreline,” Thomas said.</p><p>Thomas says federal agencies are waiting for weather conditions to improve before assessing if there’s any heavy tar sands oil on the lake bottom.</p><p>“There’s nothing that leads us to believe that there’s any down there but we want to rule it out because of course we want to make sure the environment’s safe and healthy and clean,” Thomas said.</p><p>It’s not clear what exactly caused the spill or how long cleanup will take.</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Update: Tuesday, March 26,</strong><strong>&nbsp;7:21 p.m.</strong></p><p>BP released a statement about an hour ago saying they are still estimating the amount of oil that was spilled and assessing whether more work will need to be done. From their statement:</p><blockquote><p><span style="line-height: normal; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Crews have recovered the vast majority of oil that had been visible on the surface of a cove-like area of Lake Michigan and on the shoreline between the refinery and a nearby steel mill. They have used vacuum trucks and absorbent boom to contain and clean up the surface oil. Responders also manually collected oil that had reached the shore.</span></p><p style="line-height: normal; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Monitoring continues in coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard, EPA and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Update: Tuesday, March 26,</strong><strong>&nbsp;4:37 p.m.</strong></p><p>Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty&nbsp;spoke with Chicago Tribune environmental reporter Michael Hawthorne this afternoon about the spill.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">You can listen to the full interview <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/update-lake-michigan-oil-spill">here</a>.</span></p><p>Hawthorne told us about the history of the Whiting refinery. It's one of the oldest refineries in the country.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"We don't know yet just how much oil was released from the refinery into Lake Michigan a couple of days ago. Some people were suggesting, at least off the record from the company, were suggesting that it was about 10 barrels - 12 barrels, not a lot in relative terms," said Hawthorne.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"And given the amount of pollution that's already going into the lake from that part of northwest Indiana, how much affect it had on the lake, at least in the eyes of environmental regulators is fairly minimal."</span></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:39:36 +0000 Mark Brush & Lindsey Smith 16970 at http://michiganradio.org Oil spills into Lake Michigan from BP refinery in Indiana Company says Detroit pet coke piles cleared away (almost) http://michiganradio.org/post/company-says-detroit-pet-coke-piles-cleared-away-almost <p>DETROIT (AP) - A company says it has removed piles of petroleum coke from Detroit's riverfront, but will need more time to haul away other materials from storage sites.<br><br>The city-imposed deadline for Detroit Bulk Storage to get rid of the petroleum coke is Tuesday.<br><br>Spokesman Daniel Cherrin says the company has asked for additional time to remove limestone aggregate and that it may take until early next month to clear it all away.<br><br>Bob Warfield, a spokesman for Mayor Dave Bing, says daily inspections show the petroleum coke was being removed.<br> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 23:38:03 +0000 The Associated Press 14146 at http://michiganradio.org Company says Detroit pet coke piles cleared away (almost) EPA says 'No' to Enbridge oil spill cleanup extension request http://michiganradio.org/post/epa-says-no-enbridge-oil-spill-cleanup-extension-request <p>The Environmental Protection Agency has rejected Enbridge’s request to extend the deadline to cleanup up part of an oil spill in the Kalamazoo River.</p><p></p><p>The EPA ordered Enbridge to do additional dredging in five parts of the Kalamazoo River where there are still significant deposits of crude oil from the 2010 oil spill near Marshall. &nbsp;&nbsp;A broken pipeline leaked more than 800 thousand gallons of crude oil into the river.</p><p></p><p>Enbridge expects to complete work on four of the five sites well before the EPA’s December deadline.</p><p></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 15:15:15 +0000 Steve Carmody 14023 at http://michiganradio.org EPA says 'No' to Enbridge oil spill cleanup extension request Detroit mayor sets deadline for pet coke removal http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-mayor-sets-deadline-pet-coke-removal <p>DETROIT (AP) - Mayor Dave Bing has issued a deadline for the removal of all petroleum coke from the Detroit riverfront on the city's southwest side.<br><br>Bing's office says Detroit Bulk Storage was notified Tuesday to move the material by Aug. 27.<br><br>The city says the company failed to cart away all the petroleum coke by an Aug. 9 deadline listed last week in an order from Detroit's Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department.<br> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 23:49:19 +0000 The Associated Press 13971 at http://michiganradio.org Environmentalists worry about oil pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits http://michiganradio.org/post/environmentalists-worry-about-oil-pipeline-beneath-mackinac-straits <p>Protesters are expected Sunday afternoon near the Mackinac Bridge.&nbsp;The protest won’t be about what travels over the bridge, but actually beneath it.</p><p>Jim Lively is the program director at the Michigan Land Use Institute. He says several environmental groups are worried about an aging oil pipeline that passes through the Mackinac Straits.</p><p>“It’s really unclear what the benefit is to the state of Michigan to take this oil that’s coming from either Canada or North Dakota,” says Lively.</p> Sat, 13 Jul 2013 18:27:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13516 at http://michiganradio.org Environmentalists worry about oil pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits Anti-pet coke activists blockade Detroit dock http://michiganradio.org/post/anti-pet-coke-activists-blockade-detroit-dock <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>A group of protesters blocked trucks carrying petroleum coke from accessing docks on the Detroit riverfront Monday, as part of <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2013/06/man_climbs_into_pipeline_in_pr.html">several nationwide actions against Canadian tar sands oil.</a></p><p>As one activist put it while issuing an “eviction notice:” “Marathon, Koch Brothers, Matty Moroun…We expect you to leave now.”</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 03:19:30 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 13226 at http://michiganradio.org Anti-pet coke activists blockade Detroit dock Growing outrage, and calls for action on Detroit pet coke piles http://michiganradio.org/post/growing-outrage-and-calls-action-detroit-pet-coke-piles <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Residents and business owners in Detroit are worried--and outraged--about petroleum coke piles growing on the city’s riverfront.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here's what the piles look like from Fort Street in Southwest Detroit:</span></p><p></p><p>That byproduct of the oil refining process is being dumped in massive piles—now several blocks long and building stories high--along the Detroit River. It’s stored in the open, and wasn’t approved through any permitting process.</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 04:51:05 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 12780 at http://michiganradio.org Growing outrage, and calls for action on Detroit pet coke piles Peters uses Keystone XL vote to push for petroleum coke investigation http://michiganradio.org/post/peters-uses-keystone-xl-vote-push-petroleum-coke-investigation <p>The U.S. House voted Wednesday to sidestep President Obama, and <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/23/usa-energy-keystone-idUSL2N0E32TR20130523">authorize the&nbsp;first leg&nbsp;of a controversial pipeline project carrying tar sands oil to the US from Canada.</a></p> Thu, 23 May 2013 01:06:37 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 12699 at http://michiganradio.org Peters uses Keystone XL vote to push for petroleum coke investigation Citing public pressure, U.S. State Department extends comment period on Enbridge pipeline proposal http://michiganradio.org/post/citing-public-pressure-us-state-department-extends-comment-period-enbridge-pipeline-proposal <p>The U.S. State Department has extended the&nbsp;public comment period on a proposal to nearly double the amount of crude oil that's shipped in a pipeline along Lake Superior.</p><p>Enbridge Energy’s <a href="http://www.enbridge.com/MainlineEnhancementProgram/Canada/Alberta-Clipper-Capacity-Expansion.aspx">Line 67, </a>also known as the “Alberta Clipper” pipeline, runs from the tar sands region in Canada down to Wisconsin near Lake Superior. In the US, it's more than 300 miles long and three feet in diameter.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 16:27:18 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12473 at http://michiganradio.org Citing public pressure, U.S. State Department extends comment period on Enbridge pipeline proposal Enbridge Energy runs public relations campaign around new pipeline; some neighbors unimpressed http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-energy-runs-public-relations-campaign-around-new-pipeline-some-neighbors-unimpressed <p>Enbridge Energy has a bit of a bad reputation in Michigan.&nbsp; In 2010, one of the company’s pipelines burst near Marshall. <a href="http://www.epa.gov/enbridgespill/">More than a million gallons of oil</a> have been cleaned up so far from the Kalamazoo River. Last winter there was a small leak near Sterling in the northeast part of the state.</p><p>But Enbridge is planning for growth. They’re replacing the pipeline that burst - Line 6B - and they’re <a href="http://www.enbridge.com/Line79PipelineProject/ProjectOverview.aspx">building some new sections as well</a>. The company hopes to double the amount of oil they can move from Canada to refineries in Michigan and Ohio (we've <a href="http://environmentreport.org/show.php?showID=652">previously reported</a> that an Enbridge spokesman said the main product in the new pipeline will be from Alberta's tar sands region. The EPA says the nature of tar sands oil made the Kalamazoo River spill much more difficult to clean up).</p><p>Enbridge has been running a <a href="http://grangehallpress.com/Enbridgeblog/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/EnbAd.jpg">public relations campaign</a> to try to improve its image. But some landowners along the pipeline route are not impressed.</p><p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 10074 at http://michiganradio.org Enbridge Energy runs public relations campaign around new pipeline; some neighbors unimpressed Neighbors feel pressured by Enbridge's new pipeline plans http://michiganradio.org/post/neighbors-feel-pressured-enbridges-new-pipeline-plans <p>Enbridge Energy operates the pipeline that ruptured in Marshall almost two years ago.&nbsp; The Environmental Protection Agency says more than one million gallons of thick tar sands oil spilled into the Kalamazoo River.&nbsp; The oil spill is still being cleaned up.</p><p>Since the spill, Enbridge has been making repairs on that pipeline. It&rsquo;s known as Line 6B.</p><p>Now, the company plans to replace the entire pipeline from Griffith, Indiana to Marysville, Michigan.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 May 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Rebecca Williams 7508 at http://michiganradio.org Neighbors feel pressured by Enbridge's new pipeline plans Enbridge wants to replace 200 miles of aging pipeline in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-wants-replace-200-miles-aging-pipeline-michigan <p>Enbridge Inc. has been replacing and repairing parts of line &quot;6B&quot; as part of its <a href="http://www.enbridgeus.com/Line6B2012.aspx">maintenance and rehabilitation program</a>. The pipeline was built in 1969.</p><p>Now company officials want to replace 200 miles of the oil pipeline in Michigan.</p><p>The &quot;6B&quot; pipeline broke open near Marshall, Michigan in 2010 and spilled more that 840,000 gallons of thick tar sands oil into Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River. There are <a href="http://environmentreport.org/show.php?showID=630">still pockets of thick oil at the bottom of the Kalamazoo River</a>.</p><p>The 6B pipeline has been operating at reduced capacity since the spill.</p><p>Crystal Garcia of the <a href="http://www.thetimesherald.com/article/20120510/NEWS01/305100001/Enbridge-Inc-proposes-new-oil-pipeline?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s&amp;nclick_check=1">Times Herald of Port Huron</a> reported on Enbridge&#39;s plan today.</p><p>She writes the existing pipeline is pumping around &quot;243,000 barrels of oil a day with the pressure restrictions.&quot; A company spokesman, Joe Martucci, said the new pipeline would produce about 500,000 barrels of oil a day.</p><p>If plans are approved, Garcia reports the existing pipeline will be taken offline and remain in place, and the new pipeline will be built about 25 feet from the existing line.</p><blockquote><p>Replacing the pipeline will be done in two phases, Martucci said.</p><p>Part of the first phase &mdash; which includes two five-mile segments east of pumping stations near Griffith and LaPorte, Ind. and three five-mile segments east of Niles, Mendon and Marshall &mdash; already has been approved. The other part of the first phase &mdash; a 50-mile segment between Stockbridge and Ortonville &mdash; is near approval. Work on the first phase will be done this year, Martucci said...</p><p>Phase two includes 210 miles of pipeline from Griffith, Ind. to Marysville that was not replaced during phase one. A preliminary hearing for the phase two proposal will be at 9 a.m. June 6 in Lansing</p></blockquote><p>The Times Herald reports if the plans are approved, most of the construction work would be done in 2013. Thu, 10 May 2012 16:43:45 +0000 Mark Brush 7413 at http://michiganradio.org Enbridge wants to replace 200 miles of aging pipeline in Michigan Part of Kalamazoo River opens Wednesday, first time since oil spill http://michiganradio.org/post/part-kalamazoo-river-opens-wednesday-first-time-oil-spill <p>Calhoun County Health officials will open up a three mile section of the Kalamazoo River near Marshall Wednesday at 8 a.m. It&rsquo;s the first time the river has opened to the public since a major oil spill July 26th,&nbsp;2010.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 00:09:41 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7080 at http://michiganradio.org Part of Kalamazoo River opens Wednesday, first time since oil spill Oil spill cleanup crews back on Talmadge Creek http://michiganradio.org/post/oil-spill-cleanup-crews-back-talmadge-creek <p>There&rsquo;s new cleanup work underway along Talmadge Creek near Marshall&hellip;near the site of 2010&rsquo;s Enbridge oil spill.</p><p>The area was already the site of a massive cleanup effort. But now&hellip; work crews are back. The first round was supervised by the Environmental Protection Agency. This time&hellip; the state Department of Environmental Quality is overseeing the work.</p><p>Mark DuCharme is with the DEQ. He says the initial EPA-supervised cleanup focused on removing visible oil and sheen from Talmadge Creek.</p> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 18:17:13 +0000 Steve Carmody 4880 at http://michiganradio.org Life on the Kalamazoo River: One year after the spill (part 1) http://michiganradio.org/post/life-kalamazoo-river-one-year-after-spill-part-1 <p>Workers are still trying to clean up thick tar sands oil that&rsquo;s settled at the bottom of the Kalamazoo River. It&rsquo;s been one year since more than <a href="http://epa.gov/enbridgespill/">840,000 gallons leaked</a> from a broken pipeline owned by <a href="http://response.enbridgeus.com/response/">Enbridge Energy</a>.&nbsp; Life for those near the accident site has not returned to normal yet.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;See those clumpies?&rdquo;</p> Tue, 26 Jul 2011 14:12:08 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3464 at http://michiganradio.org Life on the Kalamazoo River: One year after the spill (part 1) Transporting tar sands oil (Part 2) http://michiganradio.org/post/transporting-tar-sands-oil-part-2 <p>The Enbridge pipeline that broke and spilled into the Kalamazoo River last summer was carrying raw tar sands oil.</p><p>Enbridge spokesperson Lorraine Grymala says the company ships both conventional crude, and tar sands oil through its pipelines. She says in recent years they&rsquo;ve been getting an increasing amount of tar sands oil.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Because there&rsquo;s being more produced (sic), and there&rsquo;s more of a demand for it in the United States.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 26 May 2011 15:09:08 +0000 Rebecca Williams 2652 at http://michiganradio.org Transporting tar sands oil (Part 2) Who's inspecting pipelines in Michigan? (Part 1) http://michiganradio.org/post/whos-inspecting-pipelines-michigan-part-1-0 <p>The pipeline break that spilled more than 840,000 gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River last summer is still being cleaned up. It has left some Michigan residents with questions about the safety of sending heavy crude oil through those lines.</p><p>Dick Denuyl is a retired school teacher in Marysville. When he bought his home along the St. Clair River, he loved the beautiful setting. And he wasn&rsquo;t worried about the pipelines running under the water.</p> Tue, 24 May 2011 14:39:05 +0000 Rebecca Williams 2622 at http://michiganradio.org Who's inspecting pipelines in Michigan? (Part 1) Report warns corrosive tar sands oil boosts risks of pipeline spills http://michiganradio.org/post/report-warns-corrosive-tar-sands-oil-boosts-risks-pipeline-spills <p><strong>Update 5:30 p.m.</strong></p><p>The NRDC responded to the ECRB statement saying they &quot;stand by the information provided in the report - which is well documented and reviewed.&quot; From the <a href="http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/sclefkowitz/response_to_alberta_government.html">NRDC statement</a>:</p><blockquote><p style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% white;"><span lang="EN" style="font-size: 11pt; color: rgb(37, 35, 35);">The lack of transparency from the oil industry is part of the issue here. A clear accounting of the public health and safety issues associated with these products and the infrastructure associated with them is simply not available. The <a href="http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/jmogerman/michigan_oil_spill_was_indeed.html" target="_blank">example of Enbridge&rsquo;s CEO denying tar sands</a> were involved with the Kalamazoo River disaster until pushed by reporters with undeniable evidence is one example of this lack of transparency.</span></p></blockquote><p><strong>Update 2:55 p.m.</strong></p><p>The <a href="http://www.ercb.ca/portal/server.pt?">Energy Resources Conservation Board of Alberta, Canada</a>, &quot;an agency that regulates the province&#39;s energy resources,&quot; has issued a <a href="http://alberta.ca/home/NewsFrame.cfm?ReleaseID=/acn/201102/299182F92B605-03AC-2A81-01E45E5A89171F27.html">response</a> to the report.</p><p>They write that the report &quot;contains misleading statements on pipeline safety in Alberta and on the characteristics of diluted bitumen.&quot; From ERCB <a href="http://alberta.ca/home/NewsFrame.cfm?ReleaseID=/acn/201102/299182F92B605-03AC-2A81-01E45E5A89171F27.html">statement</a>:</p><blockquote><p><span class="Body">The report also states that <em>&ldquo;there are many indications that DilBit is significantly more corrosive to pipeline systems than conventional crude.&rdquo;</em>&nbsp; Analysis of pipeline failure statistics in Alberta has not identified any significant differences in failure frequency between pipelines handling conventional crude versus pipelines carrying crude bitumen, crude oil or synthetic crude oil.</span></p></blockquote><p><strong>1:27 p.m.</strong></p><p>This past summer, an oil pipeline in Michigan spilled more than 843,000 gallons of crude oil into Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River.</p><p>The spill is still being cleaned up by <a href="http://www.enbridgepartners.com/EEP/">Enbridge Energy Partners</a>, the company responsible for the spill.</p><p>Now, a new report <span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="color: black;">says the type of oil running through the pipeline could lead to more spills.</span></span> Wed, 16 Feb 2011 22:30:35 +0000 Mark Brush 1310 at http://michiganradio.org Report warns corrosive tar sands oil boosts risks of pipeline spills