Kalamazoo River oil spill

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Dozens of protesters rallied at the state Capitol on Thursday against an aging pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac. 


(MPRN-Undated) The National Wildlife Federation says it’s making plans to sue the federal government. The environmental group says the US Department of Transportation is not enforcing a law that requires “worst-case” disaster plans for underwater pipelines to be on file. 

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Five years after an Enbridge Energy oil pipeline ruptured near Marshall and caused the largest inland oil spill in the US to date, the head of a group that pushes for tighter rules on pipelines says the law does not yet reflect lessons learned from that spill.

KALAMAZOO, MI -- Enbridge Energy will pay an additional $4 million to fund multiple restoration projects along the Kalamazoo River as part of a "natural resource damage" settlement the company reached with tribal, state and federal officials over the 2010 oil spill that sent 800,000 gallons of oil into the Talmadge Creek and Kalamazoo River, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Midwest Region announced in a press release Monday. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

State officials are announcing Wednesday a $75 million settlement with Enbridge Energy to finalize cleanup terms with the Canadian pipeline owner responsible for 2010's massive Kalamazoo River oil spill. The agreement comes five years after an underground pipeline near Marshall ruptured, releasing more than 800,000 gallons of heavy crude oil into a nearby creek and, eventually, the river. It was the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history, which has some environmental groups questioning if the settlement goes far enough. (Detroit News)