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Mixing oil and water: study reviews transporting more crude on Great Lakes

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Guardians of the Great Lakes want to review the risks posed by the increased amount of crude oil traveling through the region.

The Associated Press reports that the Great Lakes Commission,composed of representatives of U.S. states and Canadian provinces that surround the Great Lakes, are looking at the environmental and economic impact of the oil transport at its annual meeting, which opened Monday in Milwaukee. The Commission instructed staff to conduct a 1-year study of the plans to move more oil over and around the lakes by pipeline, rail cars and ships.

Oil transport is on the rise as more is pumped in North Dakota and Canada. The commission resolution says the derailment of a train carrying North Dakota crude in Quebec illustrates the risks of transporting oil, as did the pipeline rupture that spilled crude into Michigan's Kalamazoo River.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Milwaukee's mayor and one of its senators attended the Monday session of the Commission's meeting and criticized proposed cuts in the U.S. House of Representatives for Great Lakes funding.

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