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Mock oil spill tests response plan
Michigan Radio (9/17)
It wasn’t the real thing, but federal and state agencies joined with local groups to respond to a mock oil spill in northern Michigan today. The groups involved in this week’s drill are the same ones that will have to respond to oil spills throughout the Great Lakes.

Minnesota regulators order a broader look at pipeline route
Star Tribune (9/12)
Regulators decided to look at six alternate routes for Enbridge Energy’s proposed Sandpiper crude oil pipeline.The decision was a setback for Enbridge Energy, which wants to build the $2.6 billion Sandpiper pipeline through northern Minnesota to carry North Dakota oil to a terminal in Superior, Wis., that feeds refineries across the Midwest.

Standards needed for heavy oil cleanup, U.S. Coast Guard says
CBC (9/12)
The U.S Coast Guard in Cleveland, Ohio, says more resources and better equipment are needed to be properly prepared to respond to a heavy oil spill in the Great Lakes region. Citizens Environment Alliance in Windsor agreed a more solid plan should be in place when dealing with potential heavy oil spills.

Coast Guard: We can't adequately respond to Great Lakes heavy oil spill
Detroit Free Press (9/11)
The U.S. Coast Guard and other responders are not adequately equipped or prepared for a “heavy oil” spill on the Great Lakes, according to a Coast Guard commander who is pushing for action.

Environmental group calling for construction of 'far-offshore wind farms in Ontario
The London Free Press (9/11)
Ontario will miss a huge opportunity to create jobs and protect the environment if it doesn’t embrace building wind farms in the Great Lakes, an environmental group is arguing.

Residents pipe up about pumping station
The Courier (9/11)
A public meeting was held Monday night for Medina, Wis. residents interested in finding out more about the Enbridge Energy Company’s Pipeline 61 Corridor. The gathering followed a planning commission’s decision to delay action on a request for a conditional use permit until further information could be obtained.

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General Resources
Energy Information Administration
U.S. Department of Energy
The EIA is an independent statistical and analytical agency that maintains a comprehensive data and information program relevant to energy resources.

Energy Regulation
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
The commission regulates the transmission of oil and natural gas, as well as the wholesale sales of electricity in interstate commerce.

Great Lakes Region's Global Climate Change/Energy Interests
Council of Great Lakes Industries
A report of discussions at the April 1997 Second Roundtable on North American Energy Policy.

Great Lakes Wind Collaborative
The Great Lakes Wind Collaborative (GLWC) is a group established to build consensus and identify and address issues affecting the planning, development, and operation of wind power facilities in the Great Lakes region.

Industrial Productivity and Efficiency
Northeast-Midwest Institute
This site provides an overview on industrial productivity and efficiency, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Weatherization, subsidies and data on gasoline prices and electricity consumption.

MichEEN: the Michigan Energy Efficiency Network
The Michigan Energy Efficiency Network is a tool for sharing and creating the strategies needed to solve 21st century energy challenges.

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Pipelines
Great Lakes Gas Transmission Company
Delivers natural gas to customers in the mid-western and northeastern United States and Canada.

Natural Gas Pipeline Profile
Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Overviews the financial, inventory, performance and safety of U.S. natural gas pipelines.

Pipeline Safety Data Analysis
U.S. Department of Transportation
Annual and summary statistics on liquid accidents, natural gas incidents for transmission and distribution operators.

Pipeline Safety Regulations
Office of Pipeline Safety
Provides pipeline safety laws as stated by the U.S. code Title 49 Regulations Part 186-199.

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