Download PDF |  Published February 2015

The Great Lakes Commission has researched the potential benefits and risks surrounding the transportation of crude oil in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River region, including an assessment of the regulatory structure in the two countries. This report stems from an Action Item approved by GLC commissioners in September 2013. The report reflects the Commission’s concerns over recent oil spills and the desire for information regarding the dramatic growth in North American oil production and the associated increase in oil transportation to and through the region. The final report includes a suite of findings and an appendix with four issue briefs reviewing key topics in greater detail.