Enbridge Energy has maintained that their twin oil and natural gas liquid pipelines under Lake Michigan at the Straits of Mackinac are safe.
But what if one of them did break open? Where might the oil go?
Today, the University of Michigan’s Water Center released new computer simulations to help answer that question.
David Schwab is a hydrodynamics expert with the Water Center.
“I don’t know any place where the currents are as strong, and change direction as quickly, and as frequently as in the Straits of Mackinac,” Schwab said.