Enbridge Energy conducting oil spill containment training

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ESCANABA - Enbridge Energy conducted a training exercise today in Delta County - on containing a Great Lakes oil spill.

The training was at Basic Marine in Escanaba, with crews working on new skimmers and booms which could be used to clean and contain any possible oil spill.
 
Exercises like this are performed on an annual basis 'just in case' of any issues with oil and gas pipelines running under the Straits of Mackinac.
 
"Everything we do is all about public safety and the environment," said Greg Carter, Supervisor of Emergency Preparedness with Enbridge. "We want to make sure that by owning this equipment we can deploy it properly. We don't want our staff to get hurt or anyone who is working with us or oil spill recovery staff or anyone that's partnered with emergency response, we want to make sure we're doing the right thing."
 
The line that runs under the Straits of Mackinac help transport more than 50% of propane in the U.P. and 30% of the refining capacity in the Lower Peninsula.
 
There have been calls by environmentalists to remove the lines, although they have not leaked in some sixty-plus years of operations.

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