UK Today News: Kalamazoo River Oil Spill – Enbridge Oil Spill In Southern Michigan Reported To Be Largest In Mid-West
Crews have been working to clean up more than 800,000 gallons of oil that spilled into the Kalamazoo River in the south of Michigan on Tuesday. The spill is reportedly the largest in the Mid-West.
Reports state that the oil leaked out from a 30-inch pipeline on Monday. The pipeline was reportedly built in 1969 and sees about 8 million gallons of oil flowing through it every day from Indiana to Ontario. The Kalamazoo river oil spill has reportedly affected birds and fish in the area.
Tuesday afternoon reports state that the Michigan oil spill was in about 16 miles of the Kalamazoo, according to Mary Dettloff, spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment.
The pipeline is owned by Enbridge Energy Partners LP and the oil spill has has spread across 20 miles of the Kalamazoo River in Michigan.
On Wednesday morning, Enbridge’s chief executive Patrick Daniel, told reporters that the company is increasing its work force in Michigan to stop the oil spill from spreading any further.