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NWS: 840,000 Gallon Oil Spill Threatens Lake Michigan By Sunday

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July 28, 2010: Chris Zoladz / Detroit Free Press via WZZM 13 (ABC) – July 27, 2010

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (Detroit Free Press) – Battle Creek area residents are being warned to stay away from the Kalamazoo River because of a major oil spill.

An estimated 840,000 gallons of oil leaked into a creek Monday that feeds into the river. Area media were reporting that odor from the spill hung heavy over Battle Creek this morning.

“It is unknown at this time how far the spill has traveled and exactly what areas have been affected. It is assumed due to the current level of the Kalamazoo River and the speed of the current that the entire Emmett Township area and beyond has been affected,” according to an advisory issued today by the Emmett Township Public Safety Department.

Wayne Hoepner, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids, said oil from the spill could reach Lake Michigan as early as Sunday, although numerous variables could affect the flow rate. The NWS has been getting reports of oil on the eastern edge of Battle Creek. Hoepner said the oil is likely to reach Comstock, a township in Kalamazoo County, tomorrow.

Calls to Chicago-based Enbridge Liquids Pipelines were not immediately returned today. A message on a company hotline set up for the spill said “we regret any inconvenience this has caused to the community.”

The oil leaked Monday from a 30-inch pipeline that carries about 8 million gallons of oil per day from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario. The oil spilled into Talmadge Creek, which flows northwest into the Kalamazoo River. The site is in Calhoun County’s Marshall Township, about 60 miles southeast of Grand Rapids. Authorities evacuated two homes near the leak.

According to the Battle Creek Enquirer, an impromptu animal rescue of wildlife affected by the Marshall-area oil spill will begin at noon today. Organizers said in a posting on Facebook that volunteers should gather at Squaw Creek, scene of the spill, at noon. They said volunteers should bring fish nets, leather gloves, large tubs, Dawn dish soap and watering cans for rinsing off the animals.

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., issued a statement today indicating he is “deeply concerned about the effects of the oil spill near Marshall, including the environmental impact and the disruption to residents and businesses. It is also deeply worrisome that the oil from the spill has made its way into the Kalamazoo River.”

Levin said his office has been in contact with federal agencies “to make sure that those carrying out the cleanup have all the resources they need to complete the cleanup job as quickly as possible.” While the focus now is on limiting damage and clean-up, Levin said it is “vitally important” that the company responsible for the spill bear the costs of clean-up and compensate anyone suffering financial damages related to the spill.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: I lived right on the Gulf of Mexico and there’s an unprecedented oil spill. I move literally 3 blocks from Lake Michigan, and there’s a ‘major’ oil spill. Anybody out there want to finance me to move to Washington DC next? Meanwhile, another suspicious spill in the Gulf has erupted– SJH

Boat Crashes Into Oil Well, Creating New Spill In Gulf Of Mexico

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/07/27/boat-crashes-oil-creating-new-spill-gulf-mexico/#commenting  

Link to original article with video below…

http://www.wzzm13.com/news/news_story.aspx?storyid=125205&catid=14&provider=email

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  1. I am surprised they haven’t caught on to you yet. I am sure Daley will raise the taxes again and put up some more stoplight cameras as a result

    Kirk J

    July 28, 2010 at 7:17 am

  2. On Monday night (July 26) an oil pipeline – owned by Enbridge Energy Inc. – burst and spilled over 1,000,000+ gallons of crude into the Kalamazoo River near Battle Creek, Michigan. Michiganders are scrambling to stop the flow from getting into Lake Michigan, but I fear their efforts are in vain.

    According to the latest local news reports, it seems that Enbridge was slow to react to the emergency, while under reporting the actual amount of oil that was leaked into the river. Since Monday, the situation has grown even worse. Birds and other animal wildlife, coated with oil, have been found. People living along the river have been warned to evacuate the area along the river way and not to drink their well water for fear of contamination.

    1,000,000+ gallons of oil may not sound like much to some, considering the amount of oil now floating just underwater in the Gulf of Mexico, but in such a confined area – like the Kalamazoo River – that amount is devastating. As the oil continues to flow west, it will soon reach Lake Michigan, affecting the drinking water of millions of people, killing all wildlife, and despoiling the true beauty of the great lake.

    I’m really starting to believe that corporations don’t give a damn about anything other than their profits. As I stated in one of my previous blog posts (Who Put Corporations in Charge?), “…what good is money, after all, if you don’t have air to breathe, water to drink, or food to eat without fear of contamination?”

    The Destructionist

    July 29, 2010 at 7:02 pm


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