Engineer from Michigan Tech to Lead Study on Underwater Oil Pipeline

Michigan state officials have hired a team from Michigan Technological University to lead a risk analysis of Enbridge's Line 5 twin pipelines that carry crude oil underneath the Straits of Mackinac.

The team will consist of Guy Meadows, a professor at the university and mechanical engineer. He is also the director of Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center.

Meadows will lead a group in an analysis that will consider likely results of a spill from the twin pipelines, including how far oil would go, how long cleanup would take, and how a spill would affect public health and the environment.

The team will also put together estimated costs to the economy and government in a worst-case-scenario oil spill.

The twin pipelines underneath the Straits of Mackinac are a segment of Enbridge's Line 5, which carries nearly 23 million gallons of oil daily through the waterway that links lakes Michigan and Huron.