Enbridge Submits New Kalamazoo River Spill Cleanup Plan
MARSHALL (WWJ/AP) – A pipeline company responsible for last year’s more than 800,000-gallon oil spill that contaminated southern Michigan’s Kalamazoo River has submitted a new cleanup plan.
Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge Inc. on Thursday delivered the plan to deal with oil that still sits in the river to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Enbridge spokesman Jason Manshum told the Detroit Free Press he couldn’t discuss the plan until the EPA has a chance to review it.
The EPA has said the cleanup of submerged oil is expected to last through 2012.
The spill was discovered July 26, 2010 and polluted the Kalamazoo River system in the Marshall area, from Talmadge Creek to Morrow Lake. More than 800,000 gallons of oil leaked into the river and Talmadge Creek. As of Oct. 2, about 766,000 gallons of oil had been collected.
Enbridge has said it was increasing its estimate of the cleanup cost by about 20 percent to $700 million.
The pipeline runs from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.