Kalamazoo River oil spill


The National Media Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council says even after all the cleanup efforts, oil remains in the Kalamazoo River from a massive spill six year years ago. 

The federal government aims to prevent future oil spills by making an example of Enbridge Energy. The company has reached a $177 million settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Through a massive oil spill and an equally massive cleanup, the Kalamazoo River has proven resilient. Scientists say it's done remarkably well since 2010, when it took more than 800,000 gallons of heavy crude from a ruptured pipeline near Marshall.

But Michigan State University ecologist Stephen Hamilton says no one is doing much research on how the oil might affect wildlife in the long term. He says that’s a “missed opportunity” to understand what happens when tar sands oil ends up where it shouldn’t be.

State officials say that the 2010 oil spill in the Kalamazoo River likely won’t lead to long-term problems for residents who breathed in oil-related chemicals. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services today released its final report on potential health problems from chemicals from the spill in the air.

"Damage from the 2010 Enbridge oil spill is worth $6 million to owners of a Battle Creek trailer park, a lawyer will argue in an October trial." (Battle Creek Enquirer)