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I hope the US doesn't come like the Niger Delta soon (which BP had a hand in messing up by the way).
Oil from the spill is clearly visible in the Kalamazoo River between the Ceresco Dam and Historic County Bridge Park Tuesday morning. (John Grap/The Enquirer)
Woody Haroff of Ceresco carries a swan that has already had an initial cleaning at Circle D Wildlife Refuge in Vicksburg on Tuesday afternoon. He and his wife Leigh rescued 12 animals from the Kalamazoo River near their home in Ceresco. (John Grap| Battle Creek Enquirer)
Battle Creek officials are expected to announce the evacuation of residents along the Kalamazoo River as a result of the oil spill.
Federal officials now estimate that more than 1 million gallons of oil may have spilled into the Kalamazoo River through Battle Creek, and the governor is sharply criticizing clean-up efforts as “wholly inadequate.”
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the update Wednesday night, shortly after Gov. Jennifer Granholm lambasted attempts to contain the oil flowing down the riiver. She warned of a “tragedy of historic proportions” if the oil reaches Lake Michigan, which is still at least 80 miles downstream from where oil has been seen.
The Great Lakes are the largest surface freshwater system on the Earth. They contain about 84 percent of North America's surface fresh water and about 21 percent of the world's supply. Only the polar ice caps contain more fresh water.
"It's a hell of a lot of oil in a tiny, pristine ribbon of water," said Steve Hamilton, a Michigan State University biologist who studies the river. "Once the river recedes and the oil settles into the thick vegetation, it could end up being even more difficult to clean up than a Louisiana salt marsh."
The Environmental Protection Agency says it believes more than a million gallons of oil may have leaked this week into a major southern Michigan waterway that leads to Lake Michigan
Federal officials said Wednesday that the timeline involved in the spill remains under investigation by several agencies.
in Calhoun County an oil "spill was detected around 10:30 a.m. EDT Monday and confirmed around 11:30 a.m. Documents were released saying the incident was not reported to the National Response Center until about 1:30 p.m. There were calls to area fire departments late Sunday complaining about the "bad smell of natural gas".
Heywood was at 12 Mile Rd. and C Avenue at a bridge over the Ceresco Dam when employees from Enbridge turned him away.
But the agency warned the company in the letter that it was violating code by not using a sufficient amount of certain chemicals used to protect pipe interiors, not using proper monitoring equipment to determine it those chemicals were working, and not examining its monitoring equipment at least twice a year.
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) - A Canadian company whose pipeline leaked hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into a Michigan river has experienced leaks, an explosion and dozens of regulatory violations in the past decade throughout the Great Lakes region and elsewhere in the U.S.
Enbridge Inc. or its affiliates have been cited for 30 enforcement actions since 2002 by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration — the U.S. Department of Transportation's regulatory arm. They include a warning letter sent Jan. 21 in which the agency told the company it may have violated safety codes by improperly monitoring corrosion in the pipeline responsible for the massive spill Monday in Talmadge Creek, a waterway in Calhoun County's Marshall Township that flows into the Kalamazoo River.
Originally posted by Maximus0111
Pipeline leak pollutes major Michigan river
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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.
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[edit on 7/27/2010 by semperfortis]