01 Jul '12, 4am

The DilBit Disaster: InsideClimate News' Incredible In-Depth Report on Enbridge's Kalamazoo Oil Spill

By now, hopefully you've at least heard of the Kalamazoo River oil spill . Though it didn't gain nearly the press attention as the Deepwater Horizon disaster, it was a massive spill that is still plaguing the local communiy nearly two years after the pipeline burst. Some background: On a midsummer evening in July of 2010, heavy crude started gushing from a 30-inch pipeline into Talmadge Creek, near Marshall, Michigan. By the next morning, heavy globs of oil soon were coating the Kalamazoo River, into which the Talmadge flows, and the stench of petroleum filled the air. Enbridge, the Canadian company that owns and operates the ruptured pipeline 6B, made a lot of mistakes in the hours after the first gallons spilled. The disaster didn’t have to be so bad. Records of the official responses showed, for instance, that the company didn’t send someone to the site until the next m...

Full article: http://www.desmogblog.com/dilbit-disaster-insideclimate-n...

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