An analysis of state contracts to plug orphaned wells reveals that cleanup costs might creep into the billions of dollars.
Companies injected trade secret chemicals into more than 1,400 wells in the state from 2013 to 2018, a report says.
Roughly 350 feet below the surface of the Straits of Mackinac — about the same depth as a passenger rail tunnel that links England and France — Michigan officials envision a 10-foot-wide tunnel to house the controversial Line 5 oil and gas pipeline.
While Michigan officials may already have enough evidence to close an underwater oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, a renewed effort to independently analyze the pipeline’s risk may finally prompt the state to take action.
Amid ongoing debates over moving crude oil by rail versus pipelines, two new studies offer insight into the economics, health impacts and risks of the two sectors.