Portland, Mich. — Wolverine Pipe Line Company conducted a simulated emergency response drill along the Looking Glass River located in Portland, MI on September 25, 2020. The drill was part of Wolverine’s annual emergency response preparedness training and occurred at the Community Lake Park.
Wolverine personnel placed containment boom in the river to simulate product control and recovery methods that may be deployed in an actual release on the river.
“Simulated field exercises like today’s boom deployment allow Wolverine personnel an opportunity to have real, hands-on experience while also giving us an opportunity to assess our equipment in action,” said Thomas Slosson, Safety/ Health & Environmental Supervisor at Wolverine Pipe Line Company. “The training is inclusive of deploying and connecting the boom and rowing the boat out across the river. Each boom deployment exercise location is selected strategically from our comprehensive emergency response manual that we would utilize in the event of an actual incident.”
Wolverine operates several pipeline segments east of Ionia County, including a 6-inch and an 8-inch liquid petroleum pipeline that traverses Clinton County. Wolverine primarily transports gasoline and diesel fuel from Chicago refineries to the local area. Wolverine conducts its drills at different locations up to three times per year.
Wolverine Pipeline Company is a fuel transportation company headquartered in Portage, Michigan. Wolverine operates ~700 miles of active pipeline transporting refined petroleum products from refineries in the Chicago area to the Michigan market. Wolverine transports approximately 30% of all gasoline and diesel fuel used in Michigan.