Great Lakes Commission releases Great Lakes region oil transportation symposium proceedings

Ann Arbor, Mich. –  Proceedings from a recent symposium that focused on oil transportation in the Great Lakes region were released today. The Crude Move Symposium, held in June in Cleveland, highlighted risks and opportunities of different types of oil transportation in the region. Proceedings from the symposium are now available online.

Nearly 130 individuals representing federal, state and provincial governments, industry, nongovernmental organizations and academic stakeholders participated in-person and via webinar in the two-day symposium. Participants had the opportunity to discuss the complexity of crude oil movement throughout important northern basins and to increase their understanding of key issues including regional transportation, economics, hazards and risks, emergency response, and lessons learned from incidents in the Gulf of Mexico and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River region.

The proceedings of the symposium are available in a 39-page document that includes a summary of presentations and discussions at the symposium and potential next steps identified by participants. Video recordings of the symposium proceedings are also available online.

The symposium was sponsored by a partnership between the Great Lakes Commission, the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, the Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Program, the International Joint Commission, the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative and the Joyce Foundation.

For more information about the symposium and GLC’s work on oil transportation, contact Michele Leduc-Lapierre at  For more information about the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network’s work on oil transportation, contact Katherine Bunting-Howarth at

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