Local, state and federal agencies responding to the Enbridge oil spill announced Thursday that an additional 34 miles of the Kalamazoo River and the entire two miles of Morrow Lake are now open for recreational use, nearly two years after a nearly million-gallon oil spill.
It’s been nearly two years since 800,000 gallons of oil spilled into a creek that feeds the Kalamazoo River. and a new study concludes that pipeline safety laws are still inadequate.
A stretch of the Kalamazoo River reopened for public use Wednesday for the first time since a massive oil spill fouled the southern Michigan waterway in July 2010, officials said.
The July, 2010, spill sent more than 800,000 gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River and a tributary, when a 30-inch pipeline owned be western Canada-based Enbridge Inc ruptured.
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.
The Environmental Protection Agency says most of the oil still remaining from a July 2010 pipeline leak in West Michigan sits on the floor of the Kalamazoo River and along about 200 riverbank sites.
A hearing has been set on Enbridge Inc.’s plan to replace more sections of a pipeline that leaked more than 800,000 gallons of oil in southern Michigan last summer.
There are no long-term health effects of submerged oil from last year’s spill in southern Michigan’s Kalamazoo River, a new study from the state says.
Oil that has settled at the bottom of the Kalamazoo River is the largest cleanup challenge remaining from a southern Michigan spill of more than 800,000 gallons that occurred nearly a year ago.
The last of the turtles that were cared for following last summer’s oil spill in southern Michigan have been released into the Kalamazoo River.
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