Straits of Mackinac ‘worst possible place’ for a Great Lakes oil spill, researcher concludes

10 julio 2014

Because the strong currents in the Straits of Mackinac reverse direction every few days, a rupture of the oil pipeline beneath the channel would quickly contaminate shorelines miles away in both lakes Michigan and Huron, according to a new study. An oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac would devastate the local tourism industry as well as the area’s fish and wildlife, researchers say. The best way to remedy the threat, according to the organization, is to replace the pipeline under the straits.