Michigan gets its own oil spill on the Kalamazoo River


Danger, photo by raddad!.

On Monday about 850,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into the Kalamazoo River near Marshall. Over on Facebook, the Kalamazoo River Oil Spill group has been formed to provide a hub to volunteer, offer goods or services for donation, provide expertise, provide information and anything else that will help clean this mess up post-haste.

In addition to the photos from the oil spill group on Facebook, the Freep has photos of the spill – the worst in Michigan history – and you can get the latest updates on the Kalamazoo River from mLive.

Check this out bigger in Randy’s Kalamazoo River slideshow and here’s the Kalamazoo River Slideshow from the Absolute Michigan pool on Flickr.

5 thoughts on “Michigan gets its own oil spill on the Kalamazoo River

  1. On Monday night (July 26) an oil pipeline – owned by Enbridge Energy Inc. – burst and spilled over 1,000,000+ gallons of crude into the Kalamazoo River near Battle Creek, Michigan. Michiganders are scrambling to stop the flow from getting into Lake Michigan, but I fear their efforts are in vain.

    According to the latest local news reports, it seems that Enbridge was slow to react to the emergency, while under reporting the actual amount of oil that was leaked into the river. Since Monday, the situation has grown even worse. Birds and other animal wildlife, coated with oil, have been found. People living along the river have been warned to evacuate the area along the river way and not to drink their well water for fear of contamination.

    1,000,000+ gallons of oil may not sound like much to some, considering the amount of oil now floating just underwater in the Gulf of Mexico, but in such a confined area – like the Kalamazoo River – that amount is devastating. As the oil continues to flow west, it will soon reach Lake Michigan, affecting the drinking water of millions of people, killing all wildlife, and despoiling the true beauty of the great lake.

    I’m really starting to believe that corporations don’t give a damn about anything other than their profits. As I stated in one of my previous blog posts (Who Put Corporations in Charge?), “…what good is money, after all, if you don’t have air to breathe, water to drink, or food to eat without fear of contamination?”


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