Michigan Tech is being recommended to lead a risk analysis of pipelines that run beneath the Straits of Mackinac.
MTU was voted unanimously by the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board for the role.
The analysis will focus on two parallel 20-inch pipelines that form the 4.5-mile section of Line 5.
If the State agrees with the recommendation, Michigan Tech would collaborate with other state universities to analyze the environmental and economic impacts of a “worst-case scenario” spill or release.
“Michigan’s universities would be working together to provide the data,” says Guy Meadows,director of Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center. “Michigan Tech would lead the process because of our extensive knowledge of the Straits of Mackinac region and its complex flows, and would determine the best ways for the best people at Michigan’s universities to contribute.”
Read the full news release on Michigan Tech’s news website.