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The worst on-shore oil spill in American history didn’t have to happen:

The worst on-shore oil spill in American history didn’t have to happen:

A turtle rescued from the Kalamazoo River is cleaned. (Photo by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Click to embiggen.) Just under two years ago, on July 25 at 6 p.m., a pipeline carrying tar sands oil split open in southern Michigan. Over the course of the next 17 hours, diluted bitumen — a particularly dense form of petroleum — spilled into the Kalamazoo River and a tributary. Estimates of the amount that spilled started at 819,000 gallons and went up , eventually topping 1,000,000. The spill made nearby residents sick : headaches, nausea, breathing difficulties. Many birds fared far worse. It was the worst onshore spill in American history. And the entire thing was completely preventable. Today, the National Transportation Safety Board released the results of its investigation into the spill . The San Francisco Chronicle summarizes : Enbridge Inc. knew in 2005 that its ...

Full article: http://grist.org/news/the-worst-on-shore-oil-spill-in-ame...

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