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Crude Move Webinar Series: Crude Oil Transport in the Great Lakes Basin

March 3, 2016 – Crude Move participants will explore the transport of crude oil across the Great Lakes Basin

NOTE This event occurs in the past
  • Time:Mar 3 1:00 pm 1:00 pm, 2016
  • RSVP Contact:Christina Dierkes | Email Me
  • REGISTER BY • Mar 3, 2016
  • Event Organizer:Jill Jentes Banicki | Contact Host
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Please note that this series is from 2016. Recordings and supplemental materials are linked in the left sidebar.

Join the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network for the Crude Move webinar series. Participants will explore the transport of crude oil across the Great Lakes Basin.

  • Understand the issues, risks, interests and options for moving crude oil throughout the Great Lakes Basin
  • Examine the systems of influence creating current crude oil infrastructure
  • Evaluate transportation options with reference to environmental and economic systems

This Webinar – Crude Oil Movement in the Great Lakes Basin: Properties and Pathways

Oil moves to and through the Great Lakes Basin by truck, rail, and pipeline. Though pipelines are the preferred and more heavily used mode of transportation, some have objected to their use and specific routes due to environmental concerns.

Where do pipelines go and what would be the overall impact on our oil supply if we restrict their use? What information do we need to consider? How can we make a wise choice?

Please join us as John Carroll University’s Dr. Brad Hull discusses crude oil transport in the Great Lakes—from its life cycle, transport routes and questions we should keep in mind when discussing this issue.

Dr. Bradley Hull

Dr. Bradley Hull

Associate Professor of Logistics

As an associate professor of logistics, Dr. Hull researches Great Lakes logistics issues. Previously, during a long career with British Petroleum, he was extensively involved with crude oil movements to the Great Lakes Basin from Canada, the US Gulf, and the Midcontinent.

Webinars in this series


Extraction. Refinement. Distribution. How crude oil passes through our lives and through the U.S. is a complex problem. It’s an integrated multiple-problem playing out across scales of geography, time and concern. Rittel and Webber introduced the idea of complex problems in 1973. Complex problems, made complex by interrelated systems and misunderstood value, are now everywhere … defying solutions crafted with traditional methods. Probing system interconnectivity and the domino effect of choice, the Crude Move webinars offer a fresh approach to the complex problem.


No doubt about it: crude oil is a raw commodity that permeates our social, economic and environmental well-being. Still no doubt: crude oil and refined products move through the Great Lakes Basin. Export laws and the North Dakota Bakken and Alberta Tar Sands have increased the pressure to move crude oil to refineries in the Basin and beyond. The webinars will define how transportation options and the types of crude oil moved present risks … and benefits.


Though the speed varies, crude oil spilled within the Great Lakes watershed eventually taints the system and its communities. As a binational area of interest that shares characteristics, the Basin is manageable in the context of transportation system information and a review of crude oil movement. By examining this “system of systems,” the webinars seek to illuminate issues and options so policy makers can understand complex linkages and transportation choices.


Within the Great Lakes Basin crude oil and its refined products can move by pipelines, ships, trains or trucks … unfettered by comparative evaluations of risk and costs. Hazardous cargo, like crude, lends itself to an interest in understanding relative risks (including the ability to mitigate a spill). The webinar inquiry will include fuel use, life-cycle costs and infrastructure.

Can the network of transportation resources be leveraged to protect Great Lakes environments and communities as crude oil moves within the Basin? Theoretically. Join the Crude Move discussion and find out.

Crude oil and its refined products take many forms. They impact mobility, quality of life, national security, economy and environment health.

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