Oil Transportation in the Great Lakes-
St. Lawrence River Region

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Tom Crane
Great Lakes Commission
(734) 971-9135
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Past Projects

Crude Move Symposium

On June 8-9, 2017, U.S. and Canadian government, industry, academic and NGO stakeholders participated in the first-of-its-kind crude oil movement meeting for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin and other critical northern watersheds including Lake Champlain and the Hudson River.

Hosted by the Great Lakes Commission, the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, Sea Grant state programs from the Gulf of Mexico and International Joint Commission, this meeting provided an opportunity to increase our understanding on the complexity of crude oil movement in these important northern basins. Topics included regional transportation, economics, hazards and risk, emergency response and lessons learned from the Gulf of Mexico and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River region.

Recordings of the presentations are available here.

Proceedings are available here.

Additional information can be found on the symposium website.

Research on key aspects of oil transportation

In August 2015, the GLC received a small grant from the Mott Foundation for the preparation of research papers on key aspects of oil transportation in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River region. Three projects have been chosen:

Status of Infrastructure Related to Crude Oil Transportation in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Region 
Author: Dr. Bradley Hull, John Carroll University
Summary: This paper reviews the crude-oil pipeline, rail, and waterborne infrastructure in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River region. It briefly discusses the region’s refineries as well as infrastructure projects outside of the region that may have a significant impact on the region as well as a discussion of crude oil supply projections and the impact we might expect in the region.

The Economic Impact of Crude Oil Transportation in the Great Lakes
Authors: Dr. Marcello Graziano, Central Michigan University; Peter Gunther, Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis, University of Connecticut; and Dr. Eva Lema, Central Michigan University
Summary: This report presents an introductory analysis to the economic contribution of crude oil transportation across the Great Lakes Region, while presenting currently available data.

Environmental Sensitivity to Oil Exposure in the Great Lakes Waters: A multimodal approach 
Authors: Dr. Jerome Marty, University of Waterloo and Adrian Nicoll, Carleton University
Summary: The objective of this study is to complete a sensitivity analysis to oil exposure in the Great Lakes based on a spatial, multimodal approach that includes oil transported via marine, rail and pipeline transport modes. This analysis provides a visual tool to compare the contribution of the sensitivity of various sources of oil transported in the Great Lakes basin.

*Any opinions, findings, or conclusions expressed in these papers are those of the authors, and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers, the Great Lakes Commission or its member states and provinces.

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