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Environment & Climate Change

New study looks at 'sensitive' parts of the Great Lakes and oil

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Michigan Radio

There’s a new study that identifies what parts of the Great Lakes might be most at environmental risk if there’s an oil spill.

Oil is transported through the Great Lakes region by pipeline, train and ship.  

Jerome Marty is the president of the Society of Canadian Limnologists.  The society studies inland waterways.     

Marty has mapped where the region’s most environmentally sensitive areas cross paths with where oil is transported.  He’s especially concerned about areas near the shoreline.

“In these neutral zones we have often critical habitat, species at risk, important habitat that are being used for many things and are very important biologically,” says Marty.

Marty says Lakes Ontario and Erie are at particular risk.

He hopes his study will help guide future government decision-making on future plans to transport through the region.