Documents show “worst case scenario” oil spill could cost up to $1 billion to clean up


(WLNS) – Documents from Michigan Attorney general Bill Schuette’s office shows that it could cost anywhere from $450 million to even $1 billion to clean up a worst case scenario oil spill.

These figures are based on a hypothetical spill involving 8,500 barrels of oil from Line 5 of the Enbridge pipeline.

In a statement Friday, Enbridge said they are, “continuing to work closely with the State of Michigan to make sure state officials have the information they need regarding Line 5 and its continued safe operations under the Straits of Mackinac.”

About the documents, Enbridge says, “some of the information in the documents, including numbers associated with clean-up of a worst case discharge, will continue to be updated as we add new layers of safety to our work in the Straits.”

“We fully understand that Michigan residents continue to need information on Line 5 and everything we do to make sure the line operates safely,” said Enbridge.

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