New report: oil transportation poses risks to Great Lakes Region

Oct 1, 2014

Great Lakes Commission executive director Tim Eder

The boom in oil production in North Dakota and Western Canada has turned the Great Lakes region into a transportation corridor for crude oil. The domestic production of oil has become a cornerstone of energy policy in both the U.S. and Canada. But several high-profile spills, including the one into the Kalamazoo River in 2010, have raised questions about the safety of how we transport oil.

The Great Lakes Commission looked into those questions in a new draft report released yesterday at their annual meeting. Current State talks with executive director of the Commission Tim Eder.