Kalamazoo river oil spill http://michiganradio.org en Oil will soon be flowing through Enbridge's new pipeline in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/oil-will-soon-be-flowing-through-enbridges-new-pipeline-michigan <p>By the end of the month, Enbridge’s new oil pipeline through Michigan may be in operation.</p><p></p><p>Enbridge has built a nearly 300 mile pipeline from Griffith, Indiana to Ortonville, Michigan.</p><p></p><p>The pipeline will eventually transport 500,000 barrels of oil a day or about twice as much as the pipeline it’s replacing.</p><p></p><p>The old pipeline ruptured in 2010, spilling about a million gallons of Canadian Tar Sands Oil. The cleanup of the Kalamazoo River continues.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:01:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17121 at http://michiganradio.org Oil will soon be flowing through Enbridge's new pipeline in Michigan Now with local approval, Enbridge hopes to finish dredging Kalamazoo River by fall http://michiganradio.org/post/now-local-approval-enbridge-hopes-finish-dredging-kalamazoo-river-fall <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">Enbridge</span><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;"> Energy can move forward with plans to dredge thousands of truck loads worth of contaminated sediment from the Kalamazoo River - 135,000 cubic yards to be exact.</span></div><div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">The cleanup is related to the pipeline company’s 2010 oil spill.</span></div><div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</div><p><span data-term="goog_1444053644" tabindex="0">On Monday</span>&nbsp;night, Comstock Township’s planning commission unanimously approved the company’s plans to dredge. The heavy crude oil has broken down and mixed with the river sediment.</p><p>Enbridge was supposed to finish dredging contaminated river sediment a couple of months ago, but it failed to meet the deadline in part because the first set of plans it had in Comstock Township were rejected last summer.</p><p>The township said the operation was too close to homes and businesses, among other reasons.</p><p>About a dozen residents came to the meeting to raise specific concerns about pollution, smells and noise.</p><p>But in the end, the concerns were not enough to prevent the temporary operation in a district zoned for heavy manufacturing.</p><p>“I do think that this is the best site of all of the ones that we looked at with a minimum amount of impact,” Township Supervisor Ann Nieuwenhuis said. “And what’s most important is that the river is going to get clean.”</p><p>“All of the work will be done under the oversight of the federal and state regulators, and any comments or questions or concerns, we’ll do our best to address those as well,"&nbsp;Enbridge spokeswoman Lorraine Little said after the vote.</p><p>Getting rid of the oiled sediment is key to meeting standards under the federal Clean Water Act.</p><p>Enbridge hopes to start work in a month and wrap it up by fall.</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:55:15 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16487 at http://michiganradio.org Now with local approval, Enbridge hopes to finish dredging Kalamazoo River by fall Enbridge unveils new plans to dredge oily sediment from Kalamazoo River http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-unveils-new-plans-dredge-oily-sediment-kalamazoo-river <p>Enbridge Energy has new plans to finish dredging oil from the Kalamazoo River spill in 2010. The spill was the biggest inland oil spill in U.S. history. The cleanup has cost the company <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/3-years-and-nearly-1-billion-later-cleanup-kalamazoo-river-oil-spill-continues">more than a billion dollars </a>so far.</p><p>The roughly 180,000 gallons of crude oil that was left on the river bottom before dredging began isn’t really oil anymore. It's tiny particles of weathered material that’s mixed in with sediment.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 15:00:03 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16426 at http://michiganradio.org Enbridge unveils new plans to dredge oily sediment from Kalamazoo River How emergency responders in Michigan are preparing for the next pipeline break http://michiganradio.org/post/how-emergency-responders-michigan-are-preparing-next-pipeline-break <p>There are close to 70,000 miles of underground pipelines in Michigan carrying all kinds of materials around the state – things like natural gas, refined petroleum, and crude oil.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And for the most part, we really don’t notice these pipelines. That was true in Michigan until one summer day three and half years ago when this happened:</span></p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILwEFZoxd9Q</p><p>The Kalamazoo River oil spill was the worst inland oil spill in North America.</p><p>It took Enbridge Energy 17 hours to realize they had a broken pipeline.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 15:54:51 +0000 Mark Brush 16326 at http://michiganradio.org How emergency responders in Michigan are preparing for the next pipeline break The case of the mysterious rocks and signs related to the Kalamazoo River oil spill http://michiganradio.org/post/case-mysterious-rocks-and-signs-related-kalamazoo-river-oil-spill <p>In case you’re new in town, three and a half years ago an Enbridge pipeline broke, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/kalamazoo-river-oil-spill">causing a huge oil spill </a>near Marshall, Michigan.</p><p><strong>The case of the mystery rocks</strong></p><p>A couple of years ago, I met Craig Ritter while doing some reporting on the river cleanup.</p><p>He’s your typical, passionate, Michigan out-of-doors type.</p><p>He says he was out fishing last summer.</p><p>“I started noticing these weird formations that I’d never seen before,” Ritter said.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:16:24 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16241 at http://michiganradio.org The case of the mysterious rocks and signs related to the Kalamazoo River oil spill Federal regulators won’t grant Enbridge more time to dredge oil from Kalamazoo River http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-regulators-won-t-grant-enbridge-more-time-dredge-oil-kalamazoo-river <p>The Environmental Protection Agency will not extend the December 31 deadline it gave Enbridge Energy to finish dredging oil from portions of the Kalamazoo River. &nbsp;In March the EPA <a href="http://www.epa.gov/region5/enbridgespill/index.html">ordered Enbridge to remove up to 18,000 gallons </a>of submerged oil by the end of the year.</p><p>The oil is left over from the<a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/kalamazoo-river-oil-spill"> 2010 pipeline rupture</a>. More than 800,000 gallons of crude oil leaked from the Enbridge pipeline. The spill affected almost 40 miles of the Kalamazoo River.</p><p>Enbridge says <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-will-miss-deadline-finish-cleaning-2010-kalamazoo-river-oil-spill">it cannot meet the deadline</a>, but could complete the work by October of 2014. This month the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/kalamazoo-river-oil-spill">company asked the EPA </a>to extend that deadline. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 20:14:24 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15505 at http://michiganradio.org Federal regulators won’t grant Enbridge more time to dredge oil from Kalamazoo River Enbridge starts more dredging this week, hopes to finish most projects by December 31 deadline http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-starts-more-dredging-week-hopes-finish-most-projects-december-31-deadline <p>This week an oil pipeline company began another project to dredge oil that remains from the 2010 Kalamazoo River spill.</p><p>Enbridge Energy spokesman Jason Manshum says the company is working near the mouth of Morrow Lake in Kalamazoo County. But they have to complete the work before ice starts to form.</p><p>“If we need to look at doing something there in 2014 we certainly will. But right now our focus is to try to get this done while we still have favorable weather conditions,” Manshum said.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:52:29 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15363 at http://michiganradio.org Enbridge starts more dredging this week, hopes to finish most projects by December 31 deadline Enbridge will miss deadline to finish cleaning up 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-will-miss-deadline-finish-cleaning-2010-kalamazoo-river-oil-spill <p>An oil pipeline company will miss the EPA’s year-end deadline to complete its cleanup of the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill.</p><p>More than 800 thousand gallons of crude leaked from a pipeline owned by Enbridge Energy. The spill fouled more than 30 miles of the Kalamazoo River.</p><p>In March, federal regulators gave Enbridge until December 31st to finish removing the remaining submerged oil in the river.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 13:42:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15155 at http://michiganradio.org Enbridge will miss deadline to finish cleaning up 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill Michigan health officials release report on impacts of Enbridge oil spill http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-health-officials-release-report-impacts-enbridge-oil-spill <p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The Michigan Department of Community Health released its public&nbsp;health assessment of the waters and fish affected by the 2010 Enbridge&nbsp;oil spill.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">You can read their report <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdch/Enbridge_Surface_Water_and_Fish_PHA_435112_7.pdf">here</a>.</span></p><p>They conclude the spill is &quot;not harmful to health&quot;:</p><blockquote><p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">MDCH has concluded that no long-term harm to people&rsquo;s health is expected from contact with chemicals in the surface water during recreational activities, such as wading, swimming, or canoeing. However, contact with oil sheen and globules in the river may cause temporary effects, such as skin irritation.</span></p><p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Fish from the Kalamazoo River and Morrow Lake were tested for oil-related chemicals, as well as chemicals that were previously found in fish there. Fish from areas impacted by the oil spill, including Ceresco Impoundment and Morrow Lake, had similar levels of oil-related chemicals as fish caught in Marshall Pond (upstream of the spill). All oil-related chemical levels were very low. Mercury and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) levels were similar to levels measured in fish caught before the oil spill.</span></p></blockquote><p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">The MDCH has released previous reports on the oil spill&#39;s effects on <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdch/Enbridge_drinking_water_PHA_FINAL_413797_7.pdf">drinking water wells</a>, and on the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdch/Enbridge_Sediment__BLUE_FINAL_5-23-2012_387874_7.pdf">effects of submerged oil in the sediments</a> of the Kalamazoo River.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:39:17 +0000 Mark Brush 14644 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan health officials release report on impacts of Enbridge oil spill Comstock Township denies Enbridge special zoning to dredge oil from Kalamazoo River http://michiganradio.org/post/comstock-township-denies-enbridge-special-zoning-dredge-oil-kalamazoo-river <p>It now appears even less likely Enbridge Energy will meet a federal deadline to dredge oil from the bottom of the Kalamazoo River. The cleanup is related to the company’s 2010 pipeline spill.</p><p>Enbridge wanted special permission from Comstock Township to build a dredge pad, a place to process the waste and truck it to a nearby landfill.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 05:50:17 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14113 at http://michiganradio.org Comstock Township denies Enbridge special zoning to dredge oil from Kalamazoo River EPA says 'No' to Enbridge oil spill cleanup extension request http://michiganradio.org/post/epa-says-no-enbridge-oil-spill-cleanup-extension-request <p>The Environmental Protection Agency has rejected Enbridge’s request to extend the deadline to cleanup up part of an oil spill in the Kalamazoo River.</p><p></p><p>The EPA ordered Enbridge to do additional dredging in five parts of the Kalamazoo River where there are still significant deposits of crude oil from the 2010 oil spill near Marshall. &nbsp;&nbsp;A broken pipeline leaked more than 800 thousand gallons of crude oil into the river.</p><p></p><p>Enbridge expects to complete work on four of the five sites well before the EPA’s December deadline.</p><p></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 15:15:15 +0000 Steve Carmody 14023 at http://michiganradio.org EPA says 'No' to Enbridge oil spill cleanup extension request Enbridge asking the EPA for more time for oil spill clean up http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-asking-epa-more-time-oil-spill-clean <p>Enbridge is asking the Environmental Protection Agency for more time to clean up a portion of its 2010 oil spill in the Kalamazoo River.</p><p></p><p>Earlier this year, the EPA ordered Enbridge to remove more crude oil from the spill that settled on the bottom of the river and Morrow Lake.</p><p></p><p>Enbridge spokesman Jason Manshum expects the company will be able to complete work on four of the five sites the E-P-A wants dredged by December 31st.</p><p></p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 16:52:16 +0000 Steve Carmody 13916 at http://michiganradio.org Already short on time, Enbridge’s plans to dredge oil from the Kalamazoo River delayed http://michiganradio.org/post/already-short-time-enbridge-s-plans-dredge-oil-kalamazoo-river-delayed <p>It appears less likely that Enbridge will meet a federal deadline to dredge some of the oil that remains at the bottom of the Kalamazoo River. The oil is left over from the company’s spill three years ago.</p><p>The Environmental Protection Agency wants the work done by the end of this year. They say the work will <a href="http://www.epa.gov/enbridgespill/pdfs/enbridge-fs-20130624.pdf">remove 12,000 – 18,000 gallons of “recoverable oil”.</a></p><p>Enbridge needs to get several permits from Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality to do the dredging work in five locations.</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 16:10:36 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13710 at http://michiganradio.org Already short on time, Enbridge’s plans to dredge oil from the Kalamazoo River delayed 3 years and nearly $1 billion later, cleanup of Kalamazoo River oil spill continues http://michiganradio.org/post/3-years-and-nearly-1-billion-later-cleanup-kalamazoo-river-oil-spill-continues <p>Three years ago today, an underground pipeline carrying tar sands oil to refineries near Detroit ruptured near Marshall, Michigan. The break went undetected overnight, allowing hundreds of thousands of gallons of thick oil to seep into the Kalamazoo River.</p><p>On July 26, 2010, a call came into Jay Wesley’s office in Plainwell that there’d been an oil spill.</p><p>“We expected to see an overturned truck or something like that. That’s typically what our spills are like here, very minor,” he says.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:55:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13687 at http://michiganradio.org 3 years and nearly $1 billion later, cleanup of Kalamazoo River oil spill continues Stateside for Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-july-24th-2013 <p>This week marks three years since an Enbridge Energy pipeline ruptured near Marshall, Michigan. More than a million gallons of tar sands oil have been cleaned up from Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River, but the cleanup isn't over yet. We got an update on the cleanup efforts and what still needs to be done.</p><div>And, we heard from Michigan storyteller Allison Downey. She brought us the voices of the workers at a recent summer carnival.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And, a new study at Michigan State University is investigating how dioxins affect human health. The lead researcher for this study joined us today.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Also, bankruptcy isn't the only issue Detroit is facing. We took a look at how crime is plaguing the city.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>First on the show, eventually Detroit’s bankruptcy filing will be over. Eventually, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr will no longer be in charge of Detroit’s finances. When those things happen, Detroit will go back to being run by its city government… by a mayor, and a city council.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p>Daniel Howes, columnist at <em>The Detroit News</em>, focused on this future in his column yesterday in the <em>News</em>. He joined us today to discuss whether Detroit can shed its bad governance habits in light of the bankruptcy.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 01:12:02 +0000 Stateside Staff 13680 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 Three years after the Enbridge oil spill, cleanup continues http://michiganradio.org/post/three-years-after-enbridge-oil-spill-cleanup-continues <p>This week marks three years since an Enbridge Energy pipeline ruptured near Marshall, Michigan. More than one million gallons of tar sands oil have been cleaned up from Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River.</p><p>The cleanup has already cost Enbridge almost a billion dollars and they still have lots of work ahead of them.</p><p>Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith has been following the story, and she joined us today from Muskegon.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 21:45:05 +0000 Stateside Staff 13672 at http://michiganradio.org Three years after the Enbridge oil spill, cleanup continues Bell's Brewery files suit against Enbridge and Comstock Commerce Park developer http://michiganradio.org/post/bells-brewery-files-suit-against-enbridge-and-comstock-commerce-park-developer <p>Bell’s Brewery has filed a lawsuit against Enbridge and the developer of Comstock Commerce Park.</p><p>The suit concerns the dredging plans for the Kalamazoo River. Dredging the river is a part of an ongoing effort to clean up the oil spill that happened three years ago.</p><p>Residents and business owners – such as Larry Bell of Bell’s Brewery – have expressed concern about the potential pollution that will be caused by the dredging effort.</p><p>Ursula Zerilli of MLive had the following report on the dredging operation:</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 16:21:40 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13668 at http://michiganradio.org Bell's Brewery files suit against Enbridge and Comstock Commerce Park developer Environmentalists worry about oil pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits http://michiganradio.org/post/environmentalists-worry-about-oil-pipeline-beneath-mackinac-straits <p>Protesters are expected Sunday afternoon near the Mackinac Bridge.&nbsp;The protest won’t be about what travels over the bridge, but actually beneath it.</p><p>Jim Lively is the program director at the Michigan Land Use Institute. He says several environmental groups are worried about an aging oil pipeline that passes through the Mackinac Straits.</p><p>“It’s really unclear what the benefit is to the state of Michigan to take this oil that’s coming from either Canada or North Dakota,” says Lively.</p> Sat, 13 Jul 2013 18:27:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13516 at http://michiganradio.org Environmentalists worry about oil pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits Enbridge Energy could face fines after incident with pipeline that's under construction http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-energy-could-face-fines-after-incident-pipeline-thats-under-construction <p>Enbridge Energy has until July 31<sup>st</sup> to submit a plan to resolve problems with its new oil pipeline. The line will span much of lower Michigan once completed. It’ll replace the one that burst in 2010, causing the oil spill in the Kalamazoo River.</p><p>Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality<a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/michigan/files/201307/Violation_Notice_213061_v1.doc"> cited a dozen violations</a> of the conditions of a water discharge permit.</p><p>MDEQ investigated the site in Livingston County’s Tyrone Township after a video surfaced online of reddish colored hydrostatic test water spewing into North Ore Creek.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XKoYuTQi7o</p><p>MDEQ found Enbridge didn’t have someone on site overseeing the tests on the pipeline. Water sampling and testing wasn’t done as required. There was too much oil and grease discharged, among other issues. Wed, 03 Jul 2013 21:42:37 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13375 at http://michiganradio.org Citing public pressure, U.S. State Department extends comment period on Enbridge pipeline proposal http://michiganradio.org/post/citing-public-pressure-us-state-department-extends-comment-period-enbridge-pipeline-proposal <p>The U.S. State Department has extended the&nbsp;public comment period on a proposal to nearly double the amount of crude oil that's shipped in a pipeline along Lake Superior.</p><p>Enbridge Energy’s <a href="http://www.enbridge.com/MainlineEnhancementProgram/Canada/Alberta-Clipper-Capacity-Expansion.aspx">Line 67, </a>also known as the “Alberta Clipper” pipeline, runs from the tar sands region in Canada down to Wisconsin near Lake Superior. In the US, it's more than 300 miles long and three feet in diameter.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 16:27:18 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12473 at http://michiganradio.org Citing public pressure, U.S. State Department extends comment period on Enbridge pipeline proposal