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TRIVIA TIME: Michigan’s own ugly oil spill

1. Oiled turtles and birds were ugly poster children for the disaster. But what other affected creatures form the base of the food chain and could be an even bigger loss to the ecosystem?

A) Politicians, lobbyists and energy company execs
B) Minnows, crayfish and frogs
C) Plankton, larvae and mussels
D) Kelp, sea urchins and jellyfish

2. How long did National Transportation Safety Board officials say it might take to figure out why the spill happened?

A) A few weeks (by the time you receive this issue, we should know)
B) By the end of this year
C) More than a year
D) They will never be sure how it happened

3. What high profile Michigander is on the Enbridge Energy Partners Board of Directors and said, “I have always reminded them (board members) that in Michigan, water is sacred.”?

A) Motor City Madman Ted Nugent
B) Former Gov. Jim Blanchard
C) Former Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca
D) Actor Jeff Daniels

4. In a Detroit News column, radio talk show host Frank Beckmann of Detroit’s WJR suggested that the spill was neither a crisis, a tragedy nor a disaster, noting:

A) “Hysterical reaction” from “utopian environmentalists”
B) That Enbridge had “200 people working” to clean up the spill
C) The spill has “not resulted in any injuries or deaths” (despite dozens of hospitalized residents)
D) All of the above

5. For the lesser scaup bird, the spill is a second blow because:

A) It stops in the area to rest and feed during its fall migration to – you guessed it – the Gulf Coast
B) The Kalamazoo River watershed is the only known breeding ground for it
C) It was just removed from the Endangered Species list
D) It is heavily invested in Enbridge Energy stock

6. Enbridge said that alarms noting low pressure in the leaking pipeline didn’t unduly concern them because:

A) They were on lunch break
B) They aren’t utopian environmentalists
C) Power surges activated numerous alarms, and they assumed it was false
D) The company had shut down the pipeline for maintenance, and attributed the alarm to the shutdown

7. To help compensate for property value erosion, Enbridge said it will:

A) Pay for municipal water systems for all well water users in the area
B) Buy up to 200 homes from people who want to move
C) Stock fish ponds and hunting preserves for sportsmen and women who can’t pursue their sports.
D) Buy every resident over 18 years old an iPad

8. Federal regulators warned Enbridge in January 2010 about:

A) Insufficient monitoring of corrosion in the pipeline
B) The lack of an emergency response plan for a potential spill
C) Increasing dependence on dirty fossil fuels
D) Flaws in gaskets on pipeline couplings

9. At press time, no well water had been found contaminated by the spill. But regulators say it could take how long for contamination to show up?

A) It already would have, so that’s one piece of good news
B) Six to 12 months
C) More than a year
D) More than five years

10. The pipeline that failed carries oil from:

A) Gary, Indiana, to Detroit
B) Northwest Indiana to Sarnia, Ontario
C) Texas to Michigan
D) Saudi Arabia to Marquette



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Answers: 1. C) Plankton, larvae and mussels; 2. C) More than a year; 3. B) Former Gov. Jim Blanchard; 4. D) All of the above; 5. A) It stops in the area to rest and feed during its fall migration to – you guessed it – the Gulf Coast; 6. D) The company had shut down the pipeline for maintenance, and attributed the alarm to the shutdown; 7. B) Buy up to 200 homes from people who want to move; 8. A) Insufficient monitoring of corrosion in the pipeline; 9. B) Six to 12 months; 10. B) Northwest Indiana to Sarnia, Ontario.
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