Pipeline oil spill exercise planned for St. Clair River

The Associated Press

U.S. and Canadian agencies are joining a mock oil spill exercise in the area where an underground pipeline runs beneath the St. Clair River near Marysville.

 

MARYSVILLE, Mich. (AP) — U.S. and Canadian agencies are joining a mock oil spill exercise in the area where an underground pipeline runs beneath the St. Clair River near Marysville.

The drill Wednesday includes steps that would be taken in the event of an actual spill, such as creating a command center, determining how to recover the oil and communicating with the public.

More than 400 people are taking part, including personnel with pipeline company Enbridge Energy. Among participating agencies are the Coast Guard, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Michigan State Police and St. Clair County Emergency Management.

The pipeline is known as Line 5, which carries light crude and liquid natural gas across much of Michigan's Upper Peninsula and beneath the Straits of Mackinac before heading southeast to refineries in Sarnia, Ontario.

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