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Re: Why Michigan won't shut down the Mackinac straits oil pipeline
« Reply #135 on: March 08, 2018, 09:53:53 AM »

Wow!

Yes...

pretty dramatic.  I read last week that some of the piles were 14-16 feet high.  Not sure what these are but I would guess at least 10-12 feet. 

Clear clean water makes 'blue' ice ;) ;) ;)
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« Reply #136 on: March 08, 2018, 05:45:44 PM »

Can you imagine a nice chocolate coating of crude on that?
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Re: Why Michigan won't shut down the Mackinac straits oil pipeline
« Reply #138 on: March 12, 2018, 10:31:40 PM »

One more day closer to failure.... ;D
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« Reply #139 on: March 13, 2018, 10:16:35 AM »

A video done with photos of the 'blue ice' at the straits. 

Warning, turn your audio down or off.  The soundtrack is obnoxious!!!

Blue ice in the Straits of Mackinac
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Re: Why Michigan won't shut down the Mackinac straits oil pipeline
« Reply #140 on: March 13, 2018, 11:44:20 PM »

Could you just imagine that covered with light sweet crude.  Be like Hershey syrup on ice cream ;D
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Re: Why Michigan won't shut down the Mackinac straits oil pipeline
« Reply #142 on: April 04, 2018, 07:54:29 AM »

There's been a small oil leak at the straits.  Fortunately not crude oil from line 5 but rather a specialized electrical insulating oil from some power lines.  Sounds like it will be very tasty when it eventually gets sucked into the Monroe and Toledo drinking water intakes!

This electric line runs parallel to line 5 and only a few hundred feet to the west.  Should be good practice for the line 5 leak!!!

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2018/04/straits_spill_in_extraordinary.html#incart_m-rpt-2
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« Reply #143 on: April 05, 2018, 08:58:40 AM »

Sounds like the leak was right out in the deep water so it wasn't ice that caused the leak.  They do have the rest of the coolant pumped out of the casing at this point. 

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2018/04/remaining_oil_pumped_from_leak.html
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« Reply #144 on: April 06, 2018, 10:52:00 AM »

A prior article indicated the 'damage' was out in the deepest water so most likely cause would have been a ship dragging it's anchor.  The shipping has been pretty slow through the straits the last couple of months so it should be a fairly short list of potential culprits. 

It doesn't make me comfortable at all that their position that because we're not seeing a sheen on the surface of the water then there's little to worry about!!!

http://www.wtol.com/story/37895814/marine-vessel-may-have-caused-leaks-into-straits-of-mackinac
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« Reply #145 on: April 06, 2018, 11:10:59 AM »

Here's an article from Mlive on the recent leak.  A couple of neat and recent photos of the straits here too.

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2018/04/spill_near_mackinac_bridge_a_w.html
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« Reply #146 on: April 06, 2018, 09:41:55 PM »

A prior article indicated the 'damage' was out in the deepest water so most likely cause would have been a ship dragging it's anchor.  The shipping has been pretty slow through the straits the last couple of months so it should be a fairly short list of potential culprits. 

It doesn't make me comfortable at all that their position that because we're not seeing a sheen on the surface of the water then there's little to worry about!!!

http://www.wtol.com/story/37895814/marine-vessel-may-have-caused-leaks-into-straits-of-mackinac


What would happen if a ship dragged it's anchor over line 5?
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« Reply #147 on: April 06, 2018, 10:01:20 PM »

One more day closer to a line 5 blowout, oiling of the Straits and Enbridge passing the buck or going bankrupt and sticking the citizens of Michigan with the clean up bill.

I say, shut them off before they leak...
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Re: Why Michigan won't shut down the Mackinac straits oil pipeline
« Reply #148 on: April 07, 2018, 09:37:10 AM »

What would happen if a ship dragged it's anchor over line 5?


Anything from chipping off a little of their fancy coating to literally ripping the pipes open!

One more day closer to a line 5 blowout, oiling of the Straits and Enbridge passing the buck or going bankrupt and sticking the citizens of Michigan with the clean up bill.

I say, shut them off before they leak...


Looks like Enbridge did shut it down...

just long enough to run a pig through the line and declare it 'safe'!!!

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2018/04/coast_guard_says_vessel_may_ha.html
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