Beth Wallace with the Great Lakes Regional Center said, "Three years after the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history, little has been done to improve pipeline safety. This disaster should have been a wake-up call to industry, regulators and public officials. Instead industry is being allowed to expand pipelines across the region and even under the Great Lakes themselves, which will continue to put communities, wildlife and our economy at risk."
The petition requests new standards tightening several aspects of oil transport and pipeline safety:
- Stronger safety requirements than those for conventional crude oil;
- Industry disclosure of products carried through pipelines and their conveyance schedules;
- Stronger industry spill response plans;
- Shut-down requirements upon the first indication of a leak or other pipeline failure;
- Repair of pipelines as soon as defects are discovered;
- Transparent pipeline inspection reporting; and
- Pipeline inspection and monitoring by independent entities unaffiliated with pipeline or energy companies;
- A moratorium on building new or expanded tar sands pipelines until new regulations are final.