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Leaky pipeline spills three million litres of oil into Michigan river

Spill contained as of Tuesday night and won’t drift downstream, Enbridge officials say


A leak in a 76-centimetre pipeline built in 1969 was detected in southern Michigan on Monday, and efforts are underway to contain and clean up 3,319,708 litres of oil that spilled into a creek that flows into the Kalamazoo River. The river is one of the state’s major waterways, and the leaky pipe carries about 30 million litres of oil daily from Griffith, Indiana, to Sarnia, Ontario. Calgary-based Enbridge Inc.’s affiliate Enbridge Energy Partners LP of Houston initially estimated that about 3,100,161 litres of oil spilled into Talmadge Creek before the company stopped the flow, but Michigan state officials maintain the 3,319,708 litres figure is correct. As of late Tuesday, oil was reported in at least 26 kilometres of the Kalamazoo River downstream of the spill. Company officials said the spill appeared to be contained and oil wouldn’t likely drift much more downstream.

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Leaky pipeline spills three million litres of oil into Michigan river

  1. There are hundreds of oil spills around the United States that have taken place over the past decades. The NOAA tracks these spills on their Incident News website where you can look up information on 1580 oceanic spills that have mainly taken place in the United States (or at least affected U.S. coastal waters) since the 1950s. It is interesting to see just how many there are and how frequently they take place and how little coverage they get until the stories are picked up by the mainstream media.


    • Now that is interesting. It offers further proof that the BP disaster was the natural result of a systematic rot of inspection and enforcement that it was.

      • BP has long had the reputation in the industry for cutting corners on safety and environmental protection. Those relief wells they've been busy drilling for the past three months? Those are supposed to be drilled before anything happens. So that you have… you know, relief wells to divert the flow if $hit goes bad at the main wellhead.