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.
Lawmakers are considering plans that could spur major upgrades to the nation’s aging energy pipelines, driven by a string of recent oil spills, deadly natural gas blasts and what they call federal regulators’ inaction.
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.
Officials say they don’t know when the Kalamazoo River in southwestern Michigan will reopen for public use as the cleanup of last summer’s oil spill continues.
Work is expected to begin next week to replace a pipeline under the St. Clair River.
The clean-up continues from last July’s oil spill which dumped more than 800,000 gallons from an Enbridge oil pipeline into the Kalamazoo River near Marshall.
Enbridge Energy is required to develop and implement a plan leading to long-term cleanup of areas in and around Marshall affected by an 800,000-gallon heavy crude oil leak.
The Michigan Democratic Party is running its first statewide TV ad against Republican Supreme Court Justice Robert Young Jr., linking him to the oil spill last summer in the Kalamazoo River.
The Obama administration, under heavy pressure from the oil industry and others in the Gulf Coast, lifted the moratorium on deep water drilling that it imposed in the wake of the disastrous BP oil spill.