posted on Jul, 27 2010 @ 03:49 PM
What the hell is going on?!?!?! First the well that was "ran over" off the coast of LA and now this! If it was ever a time for people to wake up
AUGUSTA — Kalamazoo County officials declared a state of emergency Tuesday afternoon as more than 800,000 gallons of oil released into a creek began
making its way downstream in the Kalamazoo River.
“I just came from Fort Custer and you can smell it now,” Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Pali Matyas said. “... It’s all rolling downhill and
there are a lot of complications.”
Matyas said police, local fire departments and local hazardous-materials companies are working to set up booms to trap the crude oil but workers are
not able to use their trucks to remove oil from the water because high water levels have made the areas inaccessible to the vehicles.
“We’re racing against time here too because the weather is supposed to get pretty bad tomorrow,” Matyas said.
County officials said they began an emergency response at about 6 p.m. Monday after news spread that a 30-inch oil pipeline in Marshall sprung a leak
and released oil into the Talmadge Creek, which feeds into the Kalamazoo River. Houston-based Enbridge Energy Partners said the pipeline has been shut
down but that did not happen before more than 800,000 gallons flowed into the creek.