Critics Voice Environmental Concerns over Great Lakes Oil Shipping

By KBJR News 1

January 28, 2013 Updated Jan 29, 2013 at 10:17 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com ) - According to Calumet and Port Authority officials, there are stringent checks and balances in place that keep the shipping of oil on the Great Lakes heavily regulated.

Along with that, each petroleum ship is required to have a double–hull for maximum protection against the elements.

But some say there are too many unanswered questions going forward, and that time needs to be taken to consider the possibilities.

According to UMD's Associate Professor of Communication, Michael Pfau, that includes exactly where Canada and the U.S.'s regulations kick in while out on the Great Lakes.

'It's unclear at which point whose regulations would kick in, and how, so I think there [are] lots of unanswered questions that I hope will be part of the larger public discussion," said Pfau.

Pfau cites the Midwest's dependence on the Great Lakes as the dominant supplier of drinking water as a main concern.

- Posted to the Web by Billy Wagness