Peters Statement on New Study Illustrating Potential Dangers from an Oil Spill Near Straights of Mackinac

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Gary Peters issued the following statement today in response to a new study from University of Michigan Water Center researcher Dave Schwab that illustrated the potential danger of an oil spill near the Straits of Mackinac:

“The study released by University of Michigan today serves as further proof that an oil spill near the Straits of Mackinac poses serious threats to Michigan’s Great Lakes and our way of life. Michiganders rely on the Great Lakes for tourism, recreation, shipping, economic growth, clean drinking water, and so much more. We already know the immense challenges and unknown factors involved in cleaning up oil spills in fresh water, and I believe we need a swift and complete analysis into Line 5 alternatives in order to protect our lakes and our people. As a member of the Commerce Committee and Great Lakes Task Force, I remain committed to increasing pipeline oversight and safety to protect one of Michigan’s most precious resources - our Great Lakes.”