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FILE - In this May 31, 2002 file photo, the sun sets over the Mackinac Bridge and the Mackinac Straits as seen from Lake Huron. The bridge is the dividing line between Lake Michigan to the west and Lake Huron to the east. Michigan's attorney general and chief environmental regulator issue a report Tuesday, July 14, 2015 on the safety of oil pipelines, including one stretching beneath an ecologically sensitive area linking Lakes Huron and Michigan. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)

Oil spill drill set for pipelines in Straits of Mackinac

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. — A massive exercise is in the works that would test a company’s ability to respond to a spill from oil pipelines under the Straits of Mackinac (MAK’-ih-naw).

The Grand Rapids Press reports that the drill funded by Canada-based Enbridge Inc. will take place in late September and involve federal, state and local agencies. Hundreds of responders will participate, as will boats, helicopters, drones, underwater vehicles and other equipment.

The exercise on the pipelines run by Enbridge has been planned for roughly a year. The pipelines have drawn concerns from environmentalists, but Enbridge says they’re safe.

U.S. Coast Guard contingency preparedness specialist Steve Keck says the drill will be “huge,” and will also evaluate Enbridge’s Detroit-based contractor for spill response.

The Straits connect Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

In related news, Michigan: Ban heavy oil from Straits of Mackinac pipeline.

Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, http://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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