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Enbridge Oil Spill near Marshall Michigan by admin

An oil spill released 19,500 barrels (or over 800,000 gallons, or about 10% of the oil the pipe routinely carries in a single day) into the Kalamazoo River.

By late Monday, the downstream edge of the spill had reached Ft. Custer State Recreation Area, between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. Crews were using booms, skimmers and other devices to keep the oil from reaching Morrow Lake, an impoundment of the river east of Kalamazoo.


The Kalamazoo River drains into Lake Michigan about 60 miles west of the spill. State officials warned the public to stay away from the river and not to use river water for livestock or crops.  (HT: Free Press)

Governor Granholm, to put the crisis into perspective, made a comparison: "We do not want to see a repeat of what happened in the Gulf."

To be fair to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, it was dumping (depending on who you ask) about twice as much oil into the water each day, and did so for well over a month. So while 800,000 gallons is not trivial, making a comparison to the Gulf might be a bit of a stretch.

Whether Enbridge is doing "enough" is up for debate (they consider it "overkill"), at the very least they are being open about what they are doing:

Booms were set up Tuesday morning in four locations along the Kalamazoo River from Talmadge Creek to Historic Bridge Park in Emmett Township. About 200 people, 21 boats, about 8 miles of boom and 30 oil-siphoning trucks were on the scene, said Enbridge Executive Vice President Steve Wuori. (HT: Battle Creek Enquirer)