Target: Director Steven R. Anderson
Goal: Repair ruptured Sunoco Logistics Pipeline to prevent further oil spills
Recently, 10,000 gallons of crude oil spilled onto an Ohio nature preserve and crews in hazmat suits were deployed to clean up the spill. The pipeline is owned by the Mid-Valley Pipeline Co., and since 2006 the pipe has leaked 40 times according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. It’s obvious that this pipeline is faulty and immediate repairs must be made to the entire structure to avoid further damage to the environment.
Experts aren’t sure how much of the environment is being damaged, but the mess has affected close to one mile of a creek that runs through the Oak Glen Nature Preserve. Clean up crews were dispatched to vacuum the oil, which is being held in massive trucks until it can be transported safely out of harm’s way. However, officials are saying that it could take up to a week for the clean up to be complete.
The pipeline runs for 1,100 miles from Texas to Michigan and it took Mid-Valley Pipeline five hours to shut off the line before workers could begin repair on the 20 inch pipeline. Fire fighters responded to the spill when they started smelling oil and found petroleum product in the Oak Glen Nature Preserve near Blue Rock Road. The park was immediately closed as the oil spewed over the land and water. It’s not known what caused the break in the pipe, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is currently investigating the company.
The state of Ohio has few oil or gas businesses operating within the state, but pipelines that carry these products can still affect the environment and wildlife when they burst. It’s not known how much damage has been caused to drinking water, but it’s crucial that the Mid-Valley Pipeline Co. fix this faulty pipeline by ensuring future spills will never happen. The damage from oil spills takes the environment years to recover and there shouldn’t be more setbacks to this recovery. Sign this petition and demand that repairs be made to this entire pipeline.
Dear Director Steven R. Anderson,
It has come to my attention that the Sunoco Pipeline which runs from Texas to Michigan has recently experienced a leak – again. I hope you realize the environmental damage caused when oil is spilled upon the environment. These spills are difficult to clean up and the surrounding wildlife has to struggle to survive.
Since 2006, this pipeline has experienced 40 leaks. It is apparent to me that this pipeline is faulty and repairs must be made to the entire structure. I am writing this letter to demand its immediate renovation so our wildlife, environment – including our water – will be protected from future damage. We all share this planet and it’s up to us humans to ensure its survival.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency via ThinkProgress