Marshall, Mich. — Wolverine Pipe Line Company conducted a simulated emergency response drill along the Kalamazoo River located in Marshall, MI on August 13, 2020. The drill was part of Wolverine’s annual emergency response preparedness training.
Wolverine personnel, along with emergency responders from the Calhoun County Emergency Management Division located within the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, placed containment boom in the river to simulate product control and recovery methods that may be deployed in an actual release on the river.
“Critical to Wolverine’s operations is ensuring our personnel and community partners are prepared in the event of an incident,” said Louis Kraus, Right-of-Way & Claims Supervisor. “Especially considering a COVID-19 environment, it is important to conduct hands-on-training drills like this boom deployment exercise so we can practice all safety protocols, including implementing additional safety measures required by the pandemic.”
“Simulated field exercises allow for partnerships to form between pipeline operators and our emergency responders,” said Durk Dunham, Director, Calhoun County Emergency Management Office. “These drills ensure our teams are prepared to respond in the event a real incident occurs. We were thankful for the opportunity to partner with Wolverine Pipe Line Company during the drill.”
Wolverine operates a 16-inch liquid petroleum pipeline that traverses Calhoun County, MI. 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.
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