Seven Years Later, Kalamazoo River Oil Spill Cleanup Still Ongoing

06-09-2017 // Drew Youngedyke

Oil in Kalamazoo RiverA new video released by the National Wildlife Federation highlights ongoing cleanup and monitoring efforts, as well as the long-term effects, of the 2010 rupture of Enbridge (U.S) Inc.’s Line 6B oil pipeline, which spilled between 840,000 and 1.1 million gallons of oil.

“We’re now at nearly seven years after the spill,” says Dr. Kenneth Kornheiser, acting president of the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council, “so far they have gotten about, oh, three miles (out of 35) at which they say they have approved the ‘no further action required’ report.”

“This is not something you’re going to be done with in a week or two,” says Paul Makoski, director of environmental health  for Calhoun County, “You better plan on months and years and such because there’s a lot of ripples.”

“The cruel irony is we knew this pipeline had defects right in that section where it ruptured over Talmage Creek. We knew.” says former Congressman Mark Schauer, who represented the area at the time. “We also know where Line 5 runs under the Straits of Mackinac.”

The video is the second in a series of videos and infographics the National Wildlife Federation is producing to examine the effects of Enbridge’s 2010 oil spill in the Kalamazoo River and the potential impacts of an Enbridge oil spill from Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. The first video in the series, released May 23, featured Larry Bell of Bell’s Brewery speaking out about his experiences after the spill.

The video, produced for the National Wildlife Federation, can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/bQyK-Q8LMLw

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