The Kalamazoo River is drenched in oil from a ruptured pipeline; can it be kept out of Lake Michigan?
Imagine how serious that would be, and the threat is real.
Should we be surprised? The region is criss-crossed with pipelines, a refinery in Superior on wetlands near The Big Lake still may expand six-fold, and the company responsible for this spill has done it before.
There's a real need for greater awareness about the Great Lakes' vulnerability to damage from oil refining and piping.
Here is the history of a cleanup of a creek and inlet near the Murphy Oil refinery in Superior.
And for Wisconsin GOP Senate candidate Ron Johnson, who supported oil drilling in the Great Lakes before he tap-danced backwards and said he didn't - - suddenly spills in the Great Lakes ain't quite so theoretical.