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MARSHALL TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Crews were working Tuesday to contain and clean up more than 800,000 gallons of oil in southern Michigan that could be one of the largest oil spills in Midwest history, officials say.
Authorities in Battle Creek and Emmett Township were warning residents about the strong odor from the oil, which leaked Monday from a 30-inch pipeline that carries about 8 million gallons of oil per day from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario.
Originally posted by Boomer1941
reply to post by Maximus0111
Whats more upsetting is the oil is in the Kalamazoo River and headed for Lake Michigan.
We want to thank the community for their offers of assistance. We understand that this is your community and that you want to help us contain and clean up the area as quickly as possible. If you do want to offer your assistance, please contact the toll-free public information hotline at (800) 306-6837 or use the contact form on this site. It may take us some time to respond to you as we continue our planning and containment efforts, but we will call if we need your assistance.
Our top priority continues to be the safety and health of everyone in the area. We are asking area residents to avoid contact with the oil. If they have concerns about their water quality, notice a smell, want to report affected wildlife or have any questions about the oil spill, they should contact the public information hotline at (800) 306-6837.
The focus of our work continues to be the containment of the spill. Enbridge is committed to containing the oil spilled as quickly as possible so area residents can return to their normal routines. Estimates indicate that as of 9 p.m. EDT, the last indication of oil, in the form of pockets of sheen on the water, was seen on the Kalamazoo River approximately 7 miles from the opening to Morrow Lake. Placement of a boom at the opening of Morrow Lake started last night and will continue this morning. We have 10 boom sites set up at this time with an additional 10 being put in place shortly. We are working as quickly as we can to contain and remove the oil and minimize the impact to the surrounding communities and the environment.
To ensure the safety of our employees, contractors and all other site workers, they will not be working outdoors if severe weather occurs as expected later today. We will be monitoring the situation closely.
22,000 feet of boom arrived yesterday to be deployed today, bringing to a total of 45,000 feet deployed or available. We are expecting our workforce to double today with more people and equipment arriving. Yesterday we had more than 150 people helping to provide assistance.
Our public information hotline is open 24-hours a day to respond to inquiries. If you do have any questions or concerns about affected areas, call (800) 306-6837.
The cause of the spill is not known. Our immediate priority is the safety of everyone in the area and the cleanup of the spill. We are working with the regulators and other officials to contain the leak, determine the cause and return the area to its original state.
Individuals should not attempt to approach, rescue, or contain any animals exposed to the oil. Attempts to capture animals may cause injury to both the animal and the rescuer. Enbridge is working with Focus Wildlife, the Department of Natural Resources and the Fish & Wildlife Service in the area. Volunteers interested in assisting can call the public information hotline at (800) 306-6837. Volunteers will need to attend an eight-hour training session.
Residents who are concerned about the smell, or who have questions about the oil spill, should call the public information hotline at (800) 306-6837. If the smell bothers you, stay indoors, close the doors and windows.
We continue to monitor air quality from 117 locations along the river and in the communities along the river. Overnight testing from all locations found there were no benzene detections and no H2S detections. We will notify residents if any indications of detection are found. Air quality will continue to be monitored over the next period of time until it is determined that there is no risk to the public.
Water sampling has been conducted upstream from the incident on the Kalamazoo, downstream and in Lake Morrow. Water samples are being turned around in a matter of hours in town.
This response website will be continually updated with the latest information.