Great Lakes group warns against more oil shipping

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A Chicago-based environmental group is warning against increased shipment of petroleum products on the Great Lakes, particularly a plan to ship oil out of Superior, Wis.

A report from the Alliance for the Great Lakes says U.S. and Canadian shipping fleets and ports aren’t designed for large-scale crude oil transports. It contends that western Canadian “tar sands” oil may not be controlled by traditional oil-spill cleanup methods.

An Indiana-based company that owns a Superior refinery is planning a $30 million port terminal where oil from western pipelines would be transferred onto tankers. An official with Calumet Special Products tells the Duluth News Tribune the company is pursuing permits (http://bit.ly/1bFpMMJ ).

Project supporters note that oil has been shipped on the lakes for more than a century without catastrophic problems.

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Information from: Duluth News Tribune, http://www.duluthnewstribune.com

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