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The Dirty Secret at the Bottom of the Great Lakes: Oil & Water

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The world's largest crude oil transporter has a secret buried deep in the Great Lakes—two aging oil pipelines that transport 23 million gallons of crude oil through the largest body of fresh water on earth. Enbridge, the company that operates the pipelines, insists that the two 20-inch pipelines stretching across the Straits of Mackinac could last indefinitely. But one look at the company’s environmental record tells another story: Enbridge had more than 800 spills in North America between 1999 and 2010, dumping nearly 6.8 million gallons of oil. The largest spill released one million gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River, only a few hours drive away from the Mackinac Straits. Activists and advocates have independently verified that parts of the pipeline—built in 1953—are sitting unsupported on the bottom of the lake and in major need of repair. Motherboard travels to Michigan—oil spill central—to investigate the threats of crude oil being transported through one of the largest freshwater ecosystems in the world by a company with one of the most egregious environmental records. WATCH NEXT: The Magnetic Wand That Cleans Oil Spills - http://bit.ly/1Mi0SZf Subscribe to MOTHERBOARD: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-To-MOTHERBOARD Follow MOTHERBOARD Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/motherboardtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/motherboard Tumblr: http://motherboardtv.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/motherboardtv More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos
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cumulo nimbus (14 hours ago)
I am blown away there is no regulations like at least just a twin wall pipe or ANYThInG more than NOTHINg , one little crack which is highly likely looking at the state of it and boom! entire ecosystem obliterated. Our governements support big industry too much, let them get away with murder.
Ben House (1 day ago)
The pipeline safety lady really looks like she knows a lot about pipelines. Totally educated on the subject..
Gabbi (3 days ago)
Clear water where????? Have you been to the islands? That my friends is no where near clear
Shawn Elliott (4 days ago)
You talk about spills in the thousands of gallons, but what people hear is "hundreds of thousands of *barrels* " instead, because barrels are how oil is measured. Gallons are tiny. 300,000 gallons isn't even enough to fill an Olympic swimming pool halfway. Yes, any amount of spilled oil is bad, but you're making it sound much worse than it actually is. People dump more oil into the Great Lakes on any given month just from their cooking, and the oil-eating bacteria that naturally live in all water on earth simply devour the stuff.
Shawn Elliott (2 days ago)
I'm pretty sure that's what the oxygen tank is for, Michael.
Michael Harley (2 days ago)
Shawn Elliott I help lay the pipes down, the Great Lakes water is very cold, I was freezing by butt off, I could hardly hold my breath long enough to get any work done down there!!!
Dave Tone (4 days ago)
Now this. This is journalism
Diamond Life (4 days ago)
7:28 "Looks like a fucken ocean"
Alex Thomas (4 days ago)
Go back to Europe white invading trash
KrisSilver (6 days ago)
Enbridge hired 1.2k people to dislike this video
Dennis Walker (8 days ago)
So the pipes that were supposed to be good for 50 years are now 65 tears old. Sounds like they need to start dragging new lines before they blow, common sense says.
Dennis Bryant (1 day ago)
wrap your lips around my ass & I'll blow you more full of shit than you already are, stupid ass creep !!!
Michael Harley (1 day ago)
Dennis Walker ... do you like to blow??
Mark Pedzinski (10 days ago)
Fuck your ad commercialized video
BlackPage (11 days ago)
You would think they would compartmentalize the pipe so they can shut it off at different sections. Like 1 every 2 km.
New pipes!
joe blow (14 days ago)
Oil is oil it's called oil sands idiots not tar get some facts. You can't replace the pipes because of people a red tape. Tree huggers dont want a safer pipe they fight you on everything even when your trying to help. This video is propaganda.
joe blow (14 days ago)
Anyone that thinks that oil is going away you are dead wrong. Come up with solutions to make oil safer because you can't live with out oil. Well not all of you.
Michael Laverty (14 days ago)
What's so absolutely disgraceful is that these Oil Company's generate huge mega billion's in profit but the big looser every time they have another one of the "accident's" where huge volumes of oil spill out are the Wildlife and the people who live in the area's .. If we don't take step's this will continue to happen again and again... They win The people an Waterway's & land loose , while we pay out the rear end for the very oil we are poisoned by ... NOT a very fare trade is it ?
mz daily fan page (16 days ago)
In dam 15 and I know this is wrong it will hurt us in the future
OffGrid Wanabe (16 days ago)
All those people are for after the fact and disaster repair. A little maintenance would be better.
Alex420DT (16 days ago)
Fear based propaganda, nothing more.
81ackman (18 days ago)
Gasp panic! The world is over, kill yourself! Gasp! Calm down, idiots.
Javier R. Castillo (19 days ago)
BP wasn't even able to fix the leak in the gulf. They contracted out. All these oil companies let these spills happen. They are all preventable. But they refuse to fix them or upgrade them.
nitrous36 (20 days ago)
Its human nature not to do something until absolutely needed. We're lazy. Unfortunately.
Jasper Davis (20 days ago)
14:30 kinda funny how he says "No releases" pauses, continues "are acceptible to enbridge". as apposed to instead saying "any releases are unacceptable to enbridge. so no releases are acceptable, maybe a couple releases are too.
Sab Esq (20 days ago)
Fuck white people....lets send them all to mars an let them ruin mars an hate an judge each other all by themselfs
Matthew Thompson (21 days ago)
This is one of the most biased fake bullshit "documentaries" I have ever seen. Vice and Motherboard are absolute trash journalism.
Fast forward to 2018 and embridge wants to replace a pipeline know as line 3 because it to is very old but the community is brainwashed by anti pipeline people they are trying to shutdown the re construction of line 3 because they would rather have water instead of oil instead why can’t we all agree that in America we need oil for our modern day society enbride is a huge company who’s number one priority is safety and not having a spill the 2010 spill was bad but because of this company’s fantastic effort to clean the water after the spill the river which was dead and filled with pollution from the big cities that surround the river, the river now has life and fish and vegetation again so why don’t we prepare for a spill to happen because this is life and anything can happen if we are prepared we can fix the problem I’m not worried about anything happening because I know that enbridge is a responsible company
erNomic (21 days ago)
That's how a republic works right? One company can put their interests ahead of millions of people's lives.
erNomic (21 days ago)
https://youtu.be/DgdG-XtQQZg You can't clean up an oil spill, all you can do is cover it up. This guy is giving his life to prove it.
erNomic (21 days ago)
These companies own us. They control our media, our campaigns and candidates, and our loans. Stop voting for dems and reps... stop voting period. Its all a show. Cancel your cable and shop local.
Brett Vogel (22 days ago)
Enbridge management will kick this can down the road until the pipeline breaks so they can continue to get their bonuses. Once the pipeline breaks, there will be no bonuses for years and it could be the end of Enbridge.
penguinistas (23 days ago)
More environmental fear mongering. Thumbs down.
eric turbiak (23 days ago)
Lol were going to war to steal oil,and at the same time were poisoning our own ecosystems with oil wtf people we gotta take our country back
eric turbiak (23 days ago)
Wake the fuck up people
Luis Martinez (24 days ago)
Whoa, whao and whao and yes they don't care about fixing the pipe they lose money fixing the pipe they make money when it breaks the insurance pay for it and yes they owns the company that will fix the spill. Money, money and more money.
mrbanik2010 (24 days ago)
Enbridge with their track record of DECEIT & LIES are never to be trusted ,EVER ! THEY HAD THEIR CHANCE & SCREWED UP chasing greed at any price.
Michael Harley (2 days ago)
mrbanik2010 I worked for that company, I was the pipe specialist, I got along with all the female coworkers!!!
Cromie (25 days ago)
Interesting video. Really makes you think. Just wish the language was edited out.
Fares Al Khatib (25 days ago)
America do what u fukin want, BUT im not letting you retards fuck up our water here in Canada
Alpha Killer (25 days ago)
I suggest execution by drowning them in oil and then perhaps igniting it.
Kristyn Nye (26 days ago)
You can follow John on YouTube hes a true activist trying to help clean up the mess and spread awareness https://youtu.be/DgdG-XtQQZg
AUTOCOLLISIONMAN 2 (26 days ago)
Their trying to damage all drinking water
Saint Skinny (26 days ago)
According to this, since 1999 Enbridge has been responsible for over 1,000,000 Gallons of oil spilling in MI alone. ONE MILLION GALLONS IN MICHIGAN ALONE! That’s 133.5k cubic feet, or 1.5 olympic swimming pools full of oil... That is some scary shit, peeps.
Saint Skinny (26 days ago)
WTF I had no clue about this! I’ve lived in MI for over 20 years, since I was a little kid, and I had no idea we had an oil pipeline, especially running under the Mackinaw Bridge!
BillPrestin Esquire (26 days ago)
Screw this company and their pipeline, one of our greatest treasures and they allow this rolling dice,,,does anyone believe one word this company rep spews????
Penguin1290 (26 days ago)
25% of the fresh water on the planet - hey, let's run an oil pipeline through there!
Pip (28 days ago)
7:30 did you really need to swear? disgusting for a documentary. the fuck is wrong with you?
Robert L (28 days ago)
Don't forget the obvious can actually be reality. Those contain a large part of earths fresh water. Yet government permitted that stupid risk intentionally. When it could of done things differently and safe with no risk to the great lakes or other water sources. Thus why would that be? Government is corrupt? Government truly stopped working for our best interest? Corporation are more powerful then governments? If they want a population reduction would be easy to just rupture the pipes to make water not drinkable same time as they release other things that will effect us elsewhere all contributing to a goal like was written on Georgia guide stones. No matter what, humans that care about humans would not take stupid risk like that. Thus proof that if humans approved and created such a risk means they they don't care. And anyone that says scientist and engineers calculated it to be safe. Well I guess they should of added humans with a heart to underline the other risks that would destroy the calculation of the scientist and engineers. Like what if earthquakes strong enough to break the pipes. Or 1 or few meteorites or terrorism or simply the economy so bad that no funds are there to renew a new the pipes safely. And yes theres more. Once something makes those point valid the people who got the added profit might be dead of old age and the money gone or of no value if hipper Inflation. Like I said in an other channel. A legit organisation should build a website that will rate countries on they're actions for humans. Human rights, not provoke war or aggression, Free health care, fair wage etc. Then citizens would pressure they country to go in the right direction so they be at top of the list as best country, only then humans could truly see which is the best or greatest country in the world. And oil pipes in water just doesnt cut it no matter new pipes or old pipes get them out. If a country does that remove them from all waters then we can see that country changing direction for care of humans. And indirectly proving any attempt to discourage or stop that direction is bad intention no matter their roderic about financial angle. Anyways wish someone influential could rise that to the public eye and ears.
Michael Harley (1 day ago)
Robert L good comment, well said!!
Amethyst (28 days ago)
corporate greed at its finest.
Mike351025 (29 days ago)
This makes me mad
TopherFM (29 days ago)
800,000 Gallons = 20,000 Barrels. Exxon Valdez (1989, Alaska) spilled 257,000 Barrels Deepwater Horizon spilled *4.9 MILLION* Barrels No wonder no one was talking about it. It was quite literally a "drop in the bucket".
Nadine Black (29 days ago)
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Unicorn Lover (1 month ago)
their pr guy reminds me of a used car salesman that rips everyone off
Celtic704 (1 month ago)
let's just transport all the oil on trains
EL (1 month ago)
Idiots! Why did they ever let them run Oil pipes in the Great Lakes or any water way? Oil kills wildlife!
Sandy Nelson (1 month ago)
Jesus what criminals
cowthedestroyer (1 month ago)
I know were an exposed pipeline is in a creek in the Midwest next to the Mississippi river in Hancock county i may of hit with a few rocks but now i know i can create a big oil spill 10/10 effort to bury it.
madfury (1 month ago)
Use the bridge to hold the pipeline. Less corrosion, easier inspection.
Bob Skihoden (1 month ago)
I don't live in the US so I am struggling to give a shit to be honest.
Dakota Lally (1 month ago)
What pressure is the oil in these pipes being pushed at?
Ghost Man (1 month ago)
Just keep it FLOWING...WAHAHAHAHA....
Charles Waldon (1 month ago)
Why no control points for shutdown in crossings of bodies of water or wetlands
Leo Curious (1 month ago)
"pipeline safety advocate" Are you serious? Why not "local woman" or whatnot? Ouch.
Yami (1 month ago)
This isnt just about greed corrupting those in power. This is about the westernized idea that we dont need government to help regulate how companies operate IN OUR COUNTRY operate. People need to pull there heads from the sand with the whole big brother mentality in america if everyone isnt held to a standard then all is for nothing.
Adamisonfire B (1 month ago)
Clear water? That shit looks green...
Kimberly Sikorski (1 month ago)
I never remember hearing anything about this story.
JDOE Doe (1 month ago)
7:30 - this doc was so compelling and, you were crossing that bridge showing the grandeur of the lakes, then you had to drop an f-bomb for no reason. sigh.
TOXIC TeslaStein (1 month ago)
Kalamazoo representative here :) and this is bullshit
antras ko (1 month ago)
ok, so where next? who's gonna spill it next time? how many times?
Hacking The Matrix (1 month ago)
Well we keep consuming their products.. Nobody wants to consume products from eco-responsible companies because they are more expensive. Look at the cattle industry in Florida. It is massively polluting everything from fresh drinking water to the beautiful beaches. That still won't stop Florida residents from consuming animal products. In addition, why will anyone with a conscience work for these big polluters? It blows my mind.
June Love (1 month ago)
Jason Richter (1 month ago)
Update on this?
Slim pak (1 month ago)
It's 2018 now, has anything happened?
C I (1 month ago)
Nice doc
Vaporizers101 (1 month ago)
I dont belive the enbridge salesman
ed trine (1 month ago)
Or train wrecks for transporting oil by tanker train?
Matthew Schwartz (1 month ago)
Great video. I wish they wouldn't curse however. This is a documentary. There is no need for any language other than professional and all audience friendly language.
onecheeky monkey (1 month ago)
12:18 see the address? 333 Kalamazoo. where is 332 Kalamazoo? where is 334 Kalamazoo? 333 = CCC = Crowned and Conquering Child = Horus the Egyptian child of Isis and Osirus. Then if you watch the Enbridge ass klown talking you will see him make the sign of the horned snake with his forefinger and pinkie. The people involved in the oil and energy business are Luciferians. it is in your face if you care to see it. Their religion is ancient, older than Abraham.
Dylan Warner (1 month ago)
Oh they're so old how could they better call the Local halls and put some new ones in Ah hahahahaah but yes it's the top half that doesn't want to spend on maintenance, coal can burn clean and efficient but the companies don't, didn't and won't ponny up the $$ to to upgrade they waste it on lobbying to try and get rid of the laws instead of abide buy them until we're out of oil, nuclear fuels and coal we'll use it we just have to use it safely
Valerie Byrd (1 month ago)
march11stoneytony (1 month ago)
I support pipelines, but through a major body of water? It’s akin to a nuclear power plant stationed right on the coast
Marlon lacert (1 month ago)
Do people not know that oil spills, happen without man's actions. As ground based oil can, and will come to the surface on its own. Through the actions of and earth quake, or plain pressure build up surpassing the natural limits of the ground's ability to control it. When this happen thousands of years ago, humans did not have the know how nor the ability to clean this up. So what happened? For many years, that zone would be a kill off zone. Mother nature would slowly clean up this mess. with the use of microbes. Humans have changed this dynamic. As we have spread the possible disaster zone, around the whole globe. Truth wise, we as living creatures cannot afford to have massive destruction. As we would then be unable to feed our level of population. Lets put it this way.. If we as people stopped using oil. Oil spills will still happen. As nature will bubble up oil from time to time.. Just right now, we have people who are reasonable for oil clean up! Is oil bad? Depends on how you look at it. But oil will spill up, if left to nature to run on its own. Spills have been happening without man's actions. And remember, oil is made from nature, by nature. People, seem to forget this... I wonder why? An ounce of prevention is the best medicine.! And encourage mankind to do better than nature!
MrApotamus (1 month ago)
People seem to forget that the oil they are all so scared of was pumped out of the earth to begin with. A non-story about a non-issue.
Rusen Baydar (1 month ago)
Well, the lakes don't make you millions of dollars, the pipelines do.
kevin Simala (1 month ago)
Hey Jason, drink the "Company Kool Aid" much? What does your company care? Hell, THEY ARE THE ONES WHO GET PAID BILLIONS TO CLEAN IT UP !!!
TWEED speculum (1 month ago)
i need a license to take fish from these lakes but i dont need anything to endanger it with millions of gallons of oil. all the maintenance in the world cant predict or prevent an accident which results in the total destruction of the largest contiguous body of fresh water in north america. but nevermind what I say... its only your drinking water..
845callaway (1 month ago)
Well, until we all demand release of free energy technologies from USAPs, the toxic legacy of fossil fuels will continue...
Phillipe Steele (1 month ago)
I agree with the pr guy. I want to slap you bearded guy.
Phillipe Steele (1 month ago)
Blah blah blah as you drive your car and us the F word in a report. Your a piece of feces.
Phillipe Steele (1 month ago)
So stop driving your car and dont even take a bus. Walk to work. Oh turn off your lights if you hate oil so much. You smug punk. A dog and pony show.?
slmnmndr co (1 month ago)
7:25 you realize that it looks like an ocean right the hell away
Frank Baumann (1 month ago)
Watch your mouth liberal
Frank Baumann (1 month ago)
All these people drive cars here need to look in the mirror
Bartacomus Kidd (1 month ago)
sorry.. not sure i could trust anyone named chumbly... that just, throws up all sorts of red flags.
Bartacomus Kidd (1 month ago)
ANyone from the petrochemical industry? If you had a breach in a line, how is 1.5 million gallons going to still leak? certainly you could close both sides?
Axis Glass (1 month ago)
The heads of Enbridge need to be put on notice that 'they' know the pipes need replaced. Their inactivity to replace them shows that they need to be held criminally negligent if a spill does occur. As of now (2018) they are playing Russian roulette with nature. If the (paid off) government will not hold them personally accountable if a spill occurs, then the people must. Capitalism that is injurious to nature needs to have the gravest of consequences. The elected officials and non elected corporate heads should all feel the brunt if any took 'favors, or contributions' to look the other way or write laws that allow these companies to bypass common sense maintenance or replacement schedules. Michigan needs to get torches and pitchforks ready.
Kevin Gardner (1 month ago)
Awesome, now anyone with an internet connection, boat and explosives know right where to place them.
Donavan LoForte (1 month ago)
Use magnacite, it's natural, has a magnetic quality and oil naturally clings to it. Then use a version of a magnetic wand to attract the magnetized oil. Remove from environment. Oil is still good. Environment good. Win win!!
MichSignMan (1 month ago)
Jason Manshum.... worthless liar.... fricking little dweeb
Nick Shamplo (1 month ago)
Hard for a company to put a new pipeline in when all the activists are complaining about the old pipeline would be the same activists that would be fighting against putting the new pipeline in
Gregory Casey (1 month ago)
The key word is there is "not" "quite" "accurate" that's like saying we would have won the game if it wasn't for us losing.
Sven (1 month ago)
"We were SHOCKED we got screwed by civilization and capitalism".....hahahahahaahahahahah welcome to real life
Esteban Garita (1 month ago)
well of course there is no federal regulation, its not just Joe Shmuck's company, its a billions of dollars industry that fuels the country, and fills the pockets of more politicians than you think, so naturally they don't want to put laws in place that would hinder these companies profits and ability to fund political parties and fill up their coffers.... when you hear politician's talking about how small businesses are the back bone of the economy, that is BS, THIS BUSINESS is the backbone of the economy, people in government WILL fight you to keep the black blood of this country flowing.

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