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U.S., Canada wants more info about crude oil transports in Great Lakes






A Canadian Natural Resources pump jack pumps oil out of the ground near Dorothy, Alberta, June 30, 2009. CNR is a large Canadian energy producer. REUTERS/Todd Korol
A Canadian Natural Resources pump jack pumps oil out of the ground near Dorothy, Alberta, June 30, 2009. CNR is a large Canadian energy producer. REUTERS/Todd Korol

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - U.S. states and Canadian provinces that border the Great Lakes want to know more about plans to move crude oil both across the lakes and around them. 

Meeting in Milwaukee Monday, the Great Lakes Commission ordered its staff to do a one-year study of the economic and environmental effects of moving oil. 

Transports are increasing due to the recent discovery of crude oil fields in North Dakota, and the Alberta tar-sands region of Canada. 

The Great Lakes panel said there's a lot at stake -- and there are also big risks of moving oil on ships, trains, and pipelines. 

The commission cited various incidents, including the derailment of an oil train in Canada last summer, and ruptures of crude oil pipelines. 

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