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Group says Great Lakes are at risk from pipeline spills

By Bob Downing Published: May 1, 2012

The National Wildlife Federation on Monday said that laws governing oil pipelines do not adquately protect the Great Lakes and its communities from oil pollution.

"Current laws leave the door open to future oil spills," said Sara Gosman, water resources attorney for the group's Great Lakes office and a lecturer att he University of Michigan Law School.

"Contrary to common perception, oil spills are an ongoing problem in the region," she said. "Federal and state laws should do more to prevent spills and protect our communities, economy and wildlife."

Ohio and the other seven Great Lakes states have 26,972 miles of hazardous liquid pipelines, according to federal data.

From 2007-2011, there were 277 pipeline accidents in the Great Lakes region that spilled more than 3.8 million gallons of mostly petroleum products and resulted in nearly $900 million in property damages, the agency said.

"Pipeline safety is a problem that has remained under the radar for too long," said Nick Schroeck of the Great Lakes Environmental law Center.

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