Michigan Oil Spill

July 28, 2010 by USA Post 

Michigan Oil SpillMichigan Oil Spill, BATTLE CREEK, [AP] Michigan – Crews worked Tuesday to contain and clean more than 800,000 gallons of oil poured into a creek and flowed into the Kalamazoo River in southern Michigan, poultry and fish coating.

Authorities in Battle Creek and Emmett Township residents warned about the strong smell of oil that leaked on Monday of a 30-inch pipeline built in 1969 and has about 8 million gallons of oil per day from Griffith , Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario.

The teams went into the oily water as they worked to stop the spread of oil downstream. covered oil Canada geese walking along the Kalamazoo River, and showed pictures of dead fish floating in the spill. Kalamazoo River eventually flows into Lake Michigan, but the authorities did not expect oil to reach the lake.

“This is just a disaster,” Raymond said Woodman, 33, Emmett Township, who watched workers use a vacuum truck to suck oil from water in Ceresco Dam downstream leakage. “It should not matter how much it costs to clean this up. They have to clean it.”

Calgary, Alberta based s affiliate Enbridge Inc. Enbridge Energy Partners LP of Houston estimated that about 819 000 gallons of oil spilled in Talmadge Creek before the company stopped the flow. Enbridge crews and contractors deployed oil skimmers and absorbent boom to minimize their environmental impact.

“We will ensure that this right”, said president and CEO of Enbridge, Patrick D. Daniel during a press conference in Battle Creek.

The company had begun testing the air near the tide, with the main concern is the possible presence of carcinogenic chemical benzene. On Tuesday, the company said that it had found a level that can be of concern in residential areas. groundwater testing is also planned. Authorities evacuated two houses near the leak, and some residents said they were worried about the smoke. But there were no reports of ill residents.

As of Tuesday afternoon, oil was recorded at about 16 miles from Kalamazoo River downstream of the spill, said Mary Dettloff, spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment. She said state officials were told during a business conference that an estimated 877,000 gallons spilled – a figure more than 50,000 gallons public esteem of the company.

U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer, D-Mich., said he discussed the spill with President Barack Obama. Schauer called the spill a “public health crisis” and said it plans to hold hearings to examine the response.

“The company was initially slow to respond and it is now clear that this is an emergency,” Schauer told reporters in a conference call.

Obama has promised a quick response to requests for assistance, White House spokesman Matt Lehrich said.

The cause of the spill was under investigation. The site is in Calhoun County Marshall by the municipality, about 60 miles southeast of Grand Rapids. Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm activated the Emergency Operations Center of the State.

“Our goal is to protect Michigan citizens and our environment by providing state resources necessary to timely address the situation,” Granholm said in a statement.

Enbridge said it had about 200 employees and contractors working on the spill. Local, state and federal were also involved, and the National Transportation Safety Board launched an investigation. valves on the pipeline was closed on Monday and isolation were closed, stopping the origin of oil, the company said.

The river divides the city finally Kalamazoo of Kalamazoo and meanders of Saugatuck, where it empties into Lake Michigan. Officials do not think the oil to expand beyond the Morrow Lake, which has a dam upstream from Kalamazoo, Dettloff said.

The river already facing serious pollution problems. A 80-mile segment of the river and five miles of a tributary, Portage Creek, were placed on the federal Superfund list of high-priority hazardous waste sites in 1990. The site also includes four landfills Kalamazoo paper mills and several dead.

The Department of Michigan Community Health warned the public to stay away from the stream and the river during cleanup. He also said people should not eat fish from the waterways or contact with water, and farmers and homeowners who use water for irrigation or livestock must stop.

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