Enbridge Energy, the company responsible for the oil spill in southwestern Michigan that’s dumped nearly one million gallons of crude into the Kalamazoo River has been the subject of 31 actions on the part of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, or PHMSA. The agency sent Enbridge two letters this year alone, specifically citing concerns that metal corrosion in the very same pipe involved in the spill that dates from the 1950s may pose a risk to public safety. The result: a million gallons of oil in a river in Michigan.
The Feds need to step up oversight of the oil industry. The idea that certain groups of people are entitled to outsize profits while subjecting the rest of us to massive environmental risks is unfair, it’s unsustainable, it’s toxic. I don’t even want to think what Lake Michigan or Lake Huron would look like should something along the lines of the BP Gulf disaster were to occur in the Great Lakes.