800,000+ gallons of oil spill into a southern Michigan river…

Michigan River & Gulf Oil Spills

Michigan River & Gulf Oil Spills

800,000+ gallons of oil spill into a southern Michigan river…

By TIM MARTIN, Associated Press Writer

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – A company operating a pipeline that dumped more than 800,000 gallons of oil into a southern Michigan river says it’s doubling its work force on the containment and cleanup effort.

Officials with Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge Inc. made the announcement during a Wednesday update on the spill. The company had about 200 employees and contractors working on the spill a day earlier.

The Environmental Protection Agency also is bringing in additional contractors.

Oil leaking from a 30-inch pipeline coated birds and fish as it poured into a creek and flowed into the Kalamazoo River, one of the state’s major waterways, before it was shut off Monday.

Enbridge estimates 819,000 gallons spilled. The state says it was told during a company briefing an estimated 877,000 gallons spilled.

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2 responses to “800,000+ gallons of oil spill into a southern Michigan river…

  1. The Destructionist

    On Monday night (July 26) an oil pipeline – owned by Enbridge Energy Inc. – burst and spilled over 1,000,000+ gallons of crude into the Kalamazoo River near Battle Creek, Michigan. Michiganders are scrambling to stop the flow from getting into Lake Michigan, but I fear their efforts are in vain.

    According to the latest local news reports, it seems that Enbridge was slow to react to the emergency, while under reporting the actual amount of oil that was leaked into the river. Since Monday, the situation has grown even worse. Birds and other animal wildlife, coated with oil, have been found. People living along the river have been warned to evacuate the area along the river way and not to drink their well water for fear of contamination.

    1,000,000+ gallons of oil may not sound like much to some, considering the amount of oil now floating just underwater in the Gulf of Mexico, but in such a confined area – like the Kalamazoo River – that amount is devastating. As the oil continues to flow west, it will soon reach Lake Michigan, affecting the drinking water of millions of people, killing all wildlife, and despoiling the true beauty of the great lake.

    I’m really starting to believe that corporations don’t give a damn about anything other than their profits. As I stated in one of my previous blog posts (Who Put Corporations in Charge?), “…what good is money, after all, if you don’t have air to breathe, water to drink, or food to eat without fear of contamination?”

  2. I agree. I tried to think about what the “American Dream” is these days… Where as in the past, it was a good job with security and a house and kids, blah, blah, blah… But imagine having that “good” job with Enbridge or BP and basically pillaging the earth with very little repurcussions, you get the house, and family, but at what cost?

    It made me sad thinking about it. I would rather make less, have less of a footprint on this earth and do some good, versus stripping the land of resources.

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