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Protecting Northern Michigan's ​Water Resources


Oil & Gas Pipelines

As of 2015, there were 2.7 million miles of fuel pipelines crisscrossing the United States.  Approximately 125,000 of that pipeline mileage is found in Michigan alone. In the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council’s service area, almost 285 miles of pipelines are buried beneath our feet.

Pipelines are considered to be the safest and most efficient way to transport oil and gas commodities. But that does not mean they are without risk. A pipeline rupture would be devastating for Northern Michigan. It could result in contamination of our surface, ground, and drinking water supplies and death or disease of fish, aquatic insects, birds, and other wildlife.

Given the wealth of natural resources in our region, we must take every precaution to avert disaster, as well as be prepared to respond if a spill should occur.

Additional Resources

Pipelines 101

Millions and millions of miles of pipelines crisscross the United States to transport large quantities of energy sources and

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Line 5

Table of Contents Enbridge Energy Line 5 There are only two major crude oil pipelines in Northern Michigan. 

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