Pipeline Spill In Michigan Requires More Cleanup, EPA Says

November 2012, Vol. 239 No. 11

The Environmental Protection Agency told Enbridge Inc. on Oct. 3 that its 2010 oil spill in the Kalamazoo River system requires more cleanup.

Enbridge owns a 30-inch pipeline from Griffith, IN to Sarnia, Ontario. It burst near Marshall, MI in July 2010, sending oil into a Kalamazoo River tributary. EPA says crews removed 1.1 million gallons of oil and 200,000 cubic yards of oil-contaminated sediment and debris.

The agency told Enbridge more work is needed upstream from the Ceresco and Battle Creek dams and Morrow Lake. Enbridge had 10 days to request a conference about the proposed order. Company spokesman Jason Manshum said the notice isn’t a formal directive and that Enbridge was reviewing it.