oil spill http://michiganradio.org en The week in review: Art, oil, schools and money http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-art-oil-schools-and-money <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>This <em>Week in Review</em>, while Emily Fox sits in for Rina Miller, she and Jack Lessenberry discuss how selling works from the Detroit Institute of Arts wouldn't make <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/report-dia-collection-worth-much-46-billion">financial sense</a> in helping with the city's bankruptcy, the threat of an <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/study-finds-oil-spill-under-mackinac-straits-would-be-deathblow-northern-michigan">oil spill </a>under the Straits of Mackinac, and <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/so-how-big-flint-schools-deficit-depends-who-you-ask">money problems</a> with Flint Community Schools.</p><p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:06:04 +0000 Emily Fox & Jack Lessenberry 18355 at http://michiganradio.org The week in review: Art, oil, schools and money No more oil in latest survey of BP oil spill in Lake Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/no-more-oil-latest-survey-bp-oil-spill-lake-michigan <p>The Coast Guard says crews didn't find any more oil during the latest search of the Lake Michigan shore following last week's spill at BP's northwestern Indiana refinery.</p><p>Last Monday, BP's oil refinery in Whiting, Indiana south of Chicago spilled crude oil into Lake Michigan. The company estimates the spill to be somewhere between 630 and 1,638 gallons. The oil made its way into the lake through a malfunction in the refinery's cooling system.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:44:45 +0000 Mark Brush 17037 at http://michiganradio.org No more oil in latest survey of BP oil spill in Lake Michigan 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 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 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 In this morning's news: Pension tax, E. coli outbreak, Grand River oil spill http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-pension-tax-e-coli-outbreak-grand-river-oil-spill <p><strong>Governor Snyder stands by pension tax</strong><br><br>Governor Snyder is standing by a new state tax on retirees' pensions despite calls from both Republicans and Democrats to repeal the legislation.<br><br>"A group of five Republican state senators wants to repeal the pension tax, and reinstate some homestead property tax credits. Snyder says the tax on pensions is just a matter of fairness so the tax burden falls equally," Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-governor-doesnt-think-state-should-repeal-new-tax-pensions">reports</a>. &nbsp;<br><br><strong>E. Coli outbreak reaches Michigan</strong><br><br>Two Michigan boys are among those sickened by a <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/e-coli-outbreak-and-food-recall-includes-michigan">nationwide outbreak</a> of E. coli.<br><br>"The contamination has been traced to Farm Rich frozen food products including mini pizza slices, mini quesadillas with cheese and chicken, philly cheese steaks with cheese, and mozzarella bites. The recalled products were sold at Kroger, Spartan Stores and other chain supermarkets," according to Steve Carmody.<br><br><strong>Oil spill on Grand River linked to malfunctioning equipment</strong><br><br>The Board of Water and Light is attributing an oil spill into the Grand River in Lansing this weekend to a malfunctioning piece of equipment at their Eckert Power Plant.<br><br>"A utility spokesperson says fewer than 300 gallons of oil seeped into the Grand River. Oil-collecting booms have been deployed to contain the spill,"<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-utility-cleaning-small-oil-spill-grand-river"> reports</a> Steve Carmody.</p><p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 11:24:06 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11965 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Pension tax, E. coli outbreak, Grand River oil spill Michigan Health officials say 2010 oil spill did not contaminate water wells http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-health-officials-say-2010-oil-spill-did-not-contaminate-water-wells <p>There's good news and bad news for residents with drinking water wells near the Kalamazoo River. A massive oil spill contaminated the river in 2010.</p><p></p><p>State officials tested 150 of the residential water wells for contaminants.</p><p></p><p>“Now the oil related chemicals, those would have been iron and nickel, they were detected in a few wells but nothing but was levels of concern,” says Angela Minicuci, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Community Health.</p><p></p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:37:37 +0000 Tracy Samilton 11633 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Health officials say 2010 oil spill did not contaminate water wells Enbridge criticized for past problems with leaking pipelines http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-criticized-past-problems-leaking-pipelines <p>This Wednesday marks the second anniversary of the Kalamazoo River oil spill.</p><p></p><p>A <a href="http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/Media-Center/News-by-Topic/Global-Warming/2012/07-23-12-New-Report-Details-Enbridges-Costly-Failures.aspx">national environmental group</a> is releasing a report today attacking the company whose pipeline broke. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 19:52:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 8401 at http://michiganradio.org Enbridge criticized for past problems with leaking pipelines Enbridge officials meet this week with Michigan regulators on proposed oil pipeline http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-officials-meet-week-michigan-regulators-proposed-oil-pipeline <p><a href="http://www.enbridge.com/">Enbridge Energy</a> will take its <a href="http://www.enbridge.com/MediaCentre/News.aspx?yearTab=en2012&amp;id=1615198">plans for a new oil pipeline </a>across the state of Michigan to state regulators this week.</p><p>The new pipeline will replace the one that ruptured in 2010, spewing hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude oil into the Kalamazoo River.</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 19:49:22 +0000 Steve Carmody 7762 at http://michiganradio.org Enbridge officials meet this week with Michigan regulators on proposed oil pipeline Report: Enbridge stopped and restarted pipeline during oil spill http://michiganradio.org/post/report-enbridge-stopped-and-restarted-pipeline-during-oil-spill <p>A report released last week by the <a href="http://dms.ntsb.gov/public%2F49500-49999%2F49814%2F491009.pdf">National Transportation Safety Board</a> shows employees in an Enbridge control center located in Edmonton, Alberta did not know they were pressurizing a ruptured oil pipeline in Michigan.</p><p>Employees in the control center felt they were dealing with false alarms due to pressure losses in the pipeline after a planned shutdown.</p><p>The pressure losses were not due to &quot;column separation&quot; as some thought (air and vapor pockets between slugs of oil in the pipeline). They were caused by a break in the line.</p><p>The rupture led to the spill, and the continued pumping made it worse. More than 840,000 gallons of oil spilled, according to Enbridge.</p><p>However, the EPA estimates that more than 1 million gallons of thick, tar sands oil have been removed from Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River so far. The spill <a href="http://environmentreport.org/show.php?showID=630">is still being cleaned up</a> nearly two years later.</p><p>The NTSB estimates the pipeline ruptured around 5:58 p.m. on Sunday, July 25, 2010. Enbridge officials didn&#39;t know they had a spill on their hands for nearly 17 hours after the initial break.</p><p>In fact, employees increased the pressure in the pipeline - twice. Wed, 30 May 2012 18:45:53 +0000 Mark Brush 7678 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Enbridge stopped and restarted pipeline during oil spill Federal investigation highlights role of staff turnover, inexperience in Enbridge oil spill http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-investigation-highlights-role-staff-turnover-inexperience-enbridge-oil-spill <p>An ongoing investigation into the 2010 Enbridge oil spill by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is raising concern over frequent staff turnover and inexperience among personnel in the company&rsquo;s Endmonton control-room.</p><p>Last Friday, the NTSB added new materials to the <a href="http://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms/search/hitlist.cfm?docketID=49814&amp;CurrentPage=1&amp;EndRow=15&amp;StartRow=1&amp;order=1&amp;sort=0&amp;TXTSEARCHT=">public accident docket</a>, including transcribed interviews with Enbridge staff.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/probe-of-enbridge-spill-uncovers-concerns/article2439389/">Toronto Globe and Mail</a> reports:</p><blockquote><p>In the transcripts, one control-room operator likens his job to that of an air traffic controller and says he&rsquo;d like to see Enbridge do more to retain control-room staff in the hot Alberta job market.</p><p>&ldquo;And you just don&rsquo;t have air traffic controllers coming in and out of the system like that, right, because you know that it will impact safety, right?&rdquo; says the transcription. &ldquo;So, I&rsquo;d like to see them really look at keeping people in the control-room, keeping us happy in there, and I don&rsquo;t know what it&rsquo;s going to take, but that&rsquo;s what I&rsquo;d like to see.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>The employee added that when he started working at the company 25 years ago, he could count a combined 100 years of experience among four employees in the control-room. Now, he said, the experienced personnel in the room tend to only have three or four years under their belts.</p><p>The NTSB also reported that the time of the spill coincided with a shift change in the control-room, offering a possible explanation of why the spill went unnoticed for hours.</p><p>In a <a href="http://www.enbridge.com/MediaCentre/News/NTSB.aspx">press release,</a> Enbridge officials said that they would wait to comment on the new findings until the NTSB publishes its final report later this fall. In the release, officials added that the company been working to improve the safety of its operations in the two years since the spill by doing things like changing the &ldquo;structure and leadership of functional departments such as pipeline control, leak detection and system integrity.&rdquo;</p><p><em>- Suzanne Jacobs, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Wed, 23 May 2012 17:23:12 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7581 at http://michiganradio.org Federal investigation highlights role of staff turnover, inexperience in Enbridge oil spill Report: No contamination found in well water in Kalamazoo River oil spill zone http://michiganradio.org/post/report-no-contamination-found-well-water-kalamazoo-river-oil-spill-zone <p>Tests suggest household wells near the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill have not been contaminated.</p><p><a href="http://www.epa.gov/enbridgespill/">A pipeline break</a> in July, 2010, resulted in more than 800 thousand gallons of crude oil leaking into the Kalamazoo River.&nbsp;&nbsp; The cleanup of the river and the surrounding area continues.</p><p>Health officials have spent the past few years testing 150 wells in the spill zone. Tue, 22 May 2012 18:40:37 +0000 Steve Carmody 7567 at http://michiganradio.org Report: No contamination found in well water in Kalamazoo River oil spill zone Training for an icy water oil spill http://michiganradio.org/post/training-icy-water-oil-spill <p>A three-day exercise testing the&nbsp;U.S.&nbsp;Coast Guard&#39;s ability to contain oil spills on large freshwater waterways is scheduled to wrap up today near St. Ignace.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The weather has been ideal,&nbsp;with a wintry blast creating the icy, unpleasant conditions Coast Guard officials wanted.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s&nbsp;very necessary to make sure that we&#39;re ready to respond in case something does happen,&quot;&nbsp;George Degener,&nbsp;a&nbsp;Coast Guard&nbsp;spokesman said.</p> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 11:50:21 +0000 Steve Carmody 5927 at http://michiganradio.org EPA revises estimate for oil collected in Enbridge pipeline break http://michiganradio.org/post/epa-revises-estimate-oil-collected-enbridge-pipeline-break <p>There&rsquo;s a new estimate of the amount of oil that&rsquo;s been sucked out of the&nbsp; Kalamazoo River.&nbsp; And it&rsquo;s higher than the amount of oil Enbridge Energy claims leaked from its pipeline 16 months ago.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Nov 2011 21:40:25 +0000 Mark Brush & Steve Carmody 5023 at http://michiganradio.org EPA revises estimate for oil collected in Enbridge pipeline break Oil spill cleanup crews back on Talmadge Creek http://michiganradio.org/post/oil-spill-cleanup-crews-back-talmadge-creek <p>There&rsquo;s new cleanup work underway along Talmadge Creek near Marshall&hellip;near the site of 2010&rsquo;s Enbridge oil spill.</p><p>The area was already the site of a massive cleanup effort. But now&hellip; work crews are back. The first round was supervised by the Environmental Protection Agency. This time&hellip; the state Department of Environmental Quality is overseeing the work.</p><p>Mark DuCharme is with the DEQ. He says the initial EPA-supervised cleanup focused on removing visible oil and sheen from Talmadge Creek.</p> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 18:17:13 +0000 Steve Carmody 4880 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-177 <p><strong>UAW talks with Ford heat up</strong></p><p>Officials from the United Auto Workers are pushing for more from Ford Motor Company. Michigan Radio&#39;s Sarah Cwiek <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/uaw-ford-talks-heat">reports</a> the union leaders &quot;expect to get better terms&quot; from Ford, since the company is in a better position compared to GM and Chrysler. From Cwiek&#39;s report:</p><blockquote><p>If the two sides can&rsquo;t come to an agreement, there is the possibility of a strike. Since Ford didn&rsquo;t go through bankruptcy, it doesn&rsquo;t have the no-strike clause in its current contract that the other companies enjoy.</p><p>Like its fellow U.S. automakers, Ford is reluctant to increase its fixed costs by raising wages. But the union is expected to make a major push for bonuses, more generous profit-sharing formulas and retaining jobs in the U.S.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Costs of Enbridge oil spill going up</strong></p><p>Officials from Enbridge Energy have revised their estimates for cleaning up the oil spilled into Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River. It&#39;s original cost was $585 million. Now, they say it will cost $700 million. Michigan Radio&#39;s Steve Carmody <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/estimated-cost-cleaning-kalamazoo-river-oil-spill-rising">reports</a> the new estimate was part of paperwork Enbridge Energy filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. An Enbridge spokesman says the increase is due to &quot;additional work around submerged oil and just some more active remediation of the impacted environment<em>.</em>&quot;</p><p><strong>New state policy: ties for guys</strong></p><p>In contrast to their chief executive&#39;s style, officials from the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs have issued a dress code for men that calls for ties. Governor Rick Snyder prefers a sport coat and dress shirt with no tie. The <a href="http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20110927/NEWS04/109270321/-1/">Lansing State Journal</a> reports the new policy is aimed at thousands of state employees:</p><blockquote><p>The new policy went into effect Sept. 12 for about 3,700 employees at the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. It&#39;s part of a move to implement a consistent dress code among the several state bureaus and offices that merged this year to create the agency.</p><p>&quot;Some of the old bureaus had dress codes, others didn&#39;t,&quot; said Mike Zimmer, the agency&#39;s chief deputy director. &quot;We thought it should be consistent throughout the department.&quot; Tue, 27 Sep 2011 12:50:44 +0000 Mark Brush 4321 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news... Estimated cost of cleaning up Kalamazoo River oil spill rising http://michiganradio.org/post/estimated-cost-cleaning-kalamazoo-river-oil-spill-rising <p>The new estimate was part of paperwork Enbridge Energy filed&nbsp;today&nbsp;with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.&nbsp;&nbsp; The company says it&rsquo;s revising its estimated cleanup costs, from $585 million&nbsp;to $700 million.&nbsp; That&#39;s about a 20 percent increase.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 26 Sep 2011 23:01:45 +0000 Steve Carmody 4317 at http://michiganradio.org Estimated cost of cleaning up Kalamazoo River oil spill rising The Enbridge oil spill's effect on wetlands http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-oil-spills-effect-wetlands <p>It&rsquo;s been more than a year since a pipeline owned by&nbsp;Enbridge Energy ruptured. More than 843,000 gallons of tar sands oil spilled into Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River.</p><p>The Environmental Protection Agency says much of that oil has been removed from the creek and the river. But the EPA says there are still close to one hundred areas of submerged oil on the bottom of the river. Enbridge is now working to remove that oil.</p><p>The company recently missed an EPA deadline to clean up all of the submerged oil and contaminated soils.</p><p>Jason Manshum is an Enbridge spokesperson.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Well, you know, while we have focused on completing that directive by that deadline, we have not been willing to sacrifice that work quality solely in order to meet a specific date on a calendar.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Manshum says they ran into a number of obstacles... hot weather, storms, and a shortage of the special equipment they need. And the biggest challenge: those areas of submerged oil expanded.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Keep in mind, the river is obviously a moving body of water, nothing stays constant, nothing is the same. So we found some of those submerged oil locations had shifted and some had expanded.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Both Enbridge and the EPA have previously stated that it&rsquo;ll be impossible to clean up every last drop of oil.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s pretty common, most people think it should be easy to get it all out, and it&rsquo;s just really not.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Mike Alexander is with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. He&rsquo;s one of the incident commanders on the cleanup site.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;When you get down to smaller quantities, they get harder to get, just the nature of how the river&rsquo;s different at different locations, it gets trickier, it&rsquo;s not an easy project, it&rsquo;s going to take time.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>The spill happened smack in the middle of some of the most sensitive wetland areas in the state.</p><p> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 04:08:41 +0000 Rebecca Williams 4237 at http://michiganradio.org The Enbridge oil spill's effect on wetlands Health concerns lingering after Kalamazoo River oil spill http://michiganradio.org/post/health-concerns-lingering-after-kalamazoo-river-oil-spill <p>It&rsquo;s been more than a year since a pipeline owned by Enbridge Energy ruptured... spilling more than 840,000 gallons of tar sands oil spilled into the Kalamazoo River. The cleanup continues. And people who live near the river say they&rsquo;re worried about what they might have been exposed to when the spill happened... and what they might still be getting exposed to.</p><p>The majority of the oil has been cleaned up, but there are still significant amounts of submerged oil on the bottom of the river.</p><p>The Michigan Department of Community Health recently put out a report on the risks of contact with that submerged oil.</p><p>Jennifer Gray is with the MDCH.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;We concluded that in terms of long term health issues, so health issues that would stay with you after the contact was done, or things like developing cancer, that contact with the chemicals in the submerged oil wouldn&rsquo;t really cause these kinds of effects.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>She says people could have short term health effects from contact with the oil - things such as skin irritation.</p><p>The assessment did not include any health risks from breathing in chemicals from the remaining oil. Jennifer Gray says her agency is currently evaluating air monitoring data from the early days of the spill... and says they&rsquo;re continuing to look at other ways people might be exposed to the oil that remains.</p><p>The areas of the Kalamazoo River that were affected by the spill are still closed for recreation.</p><p>People who live near the spill site want local officials to conduct a long-term health study.</p><p>Riki Ott is a marine toxicologist from Alaska. She&rsquo;s spent the past two decades charting health problems from people who live near the site of the Exxon Valdez spill and last year&rsquo;s spill in the Gulf of Mexico. She&rsquo;s in Battle Creek this week to talk with people affected by the Kalamazoo River spill.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I could have zipped back in time and it would be the same things as Exxon Valdez residents and workers, the same thing I&rsquo;ve heard in the Gulf for a full year and here now. Headaches, dizziness, nausea, rashes, these things are not going away. People want answers.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Ott says it&rsquo;s too early to rule out the potential of long term health effects from the Kalamazoo River oil spill.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;If the state is acknowledging there could be short term health effects, then that means there could also be long term health effects.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p><br />The Calhoun County Health Department has petitioned the federal government for a long term health study on residents.</p><p> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 22:51:41 +0000 Rebecca Williams 4008 at http://michiganradio.org