Hosted by the Hazardous Material Transport Outreach Network

The crude oil transport webinar series is meant to provide the latest research and resources to stakeholders in the region to inform decision-making around this complex issue. Anyone with a vested interest in how crude oil and associated products move throughout the region will find the content informative.

Each webinar will be available in a variety of formats: live on Zoom (see registration links below), live on Michigan Sea Grant’s Facebook page, and archived with captions on this webpage.

2022 Summer Webinar Series

September 21, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT

Why We Exercise, and What Happens After

Registration: Please register in advance to attend.


Join the Hazardous Material Transport Outreach Network for the third and final installment in our 2022 summer webinar series. This webinar will demystify hazardous material spill preparedness and response exercises and networks. U.S. Coast Guard Emergency Manager Brian D.E. Streichert will answer the questions:

  • Who does what on a tribal, federal, state, and local level?
  • What takes place before a response?
  • What would happen if a spill were to occur within the upper Great Lakes?

Streichert will also take us behind the scenes of the recent U.S. Venture, U.S. Oil, and U.S. Coast Guard Equipment Drill that took place on July 19, 2022, at the U.S. Oil Terminal in Rogers City, Michigan. A live question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Guest speaker:

Brian Streichert, Emergency Manager, U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Sault Sainte Marie.


Kelsey Prihoda, Sea Grant Great Lakes Transportation Extension Educator, priho011@d.umn.edu.

July 20, 2022

Tribal Treaty Rights and Energy Infrastructure

Join the Hazardous Material Transport Outreach Network (HazMaTON) for the second installment of our 2022 summer webinar series. This webinar will examine tribal treaty rights and how they apply to energy infrastructure projects, such as coal terminals and crude oil pipelines. Presenter Kekek Stark, assistant professor of law at the Alexander School of Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana will describe tribal law and treaty rights, their role in protecting natural resources, and the assertion of those rights by Native American and First Nations tribes as regulatory components to energy infrastructure projects. Stark will also provide historical and present-day examples of treaty interpretation by United States courts.


  • Kekek Stark, Assistant Professor of Law, Co-Director of the Indian Law Program, Co-Director of the Margery Hunter Brown Indian Law Clinic, and Co-Director of the American Indian Governance and Policy Institute at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law of the University of Montana.

Presentation resources:

June 15, 2022

Fueling the Laurentian Great Lakes Region: Multiple Modes, Multiple Perspectives

Join the Hazardous Material Transport Outreach Network for the first installment in our 2022 summer webinar series. This panel presentation and discussion will explore the movement of hazardous materials, with a focus on crude oil and its refined products, throughout the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, Lake Champlain, and Hudson River regions from multiple perspectives. Panelists will provide background on multimodal crude oil transport pathways, the regional energy economy, environmental impacts of crude oil transportation, and social impacts of oil movement and spills. A facilitated question and answer period will follow the presentations.

Panelists and presentation titles:

Archived Webinars

June 24, 2020

Ramping up and ramping down: Crude oil rail shipments and community responses 2015 to present from a Lake Champlain perspective – Mark Malchoff, aquatic resources specialist, Lake Champlain Sea Grant

July 22, 2020

Conceptualizing a risk-based, hazardous material routing tool – Kristin Lewis, principal technical advisor, U.S. Department of Transportation Volpe Center

June 26, 2019

Collaborative efforts to model potential oil spills in the Great Lakes – Dr. Guy Meadows, Director, Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Technological University: Watch the video here

July 23, 2019

Oil spill response exercises and planning – Steven Keck, Chief of Contingency Planning and Force Readiness, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste Marie, Michigan: Watch the video here

August 19, 2019

Oil spill response capability for heavy oil products – Bill Hazel, Vice President of Marine Services, Marine Pollution Control in Detroit, Michigan: Watch the video here

September 11, 2019

NOAA scientific support for oil spills Lt. Michael Doig, NOAA Scientific Support Coordinator, U.S. Coast Guard Great Lakes District: Watch the video here

Summer 2016 Webinar Series

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