‘Mistake’ near the Lake? They knew about it

This isn't Louisiana, this is Michigan

Enbridge Energy, the company responsible for the oil spill in southwestern Michigan that’s dumped nearly one million gallons of crude into the Kalamazoo River has been the subject of 31 actions on the part of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, or PHMSA.  The agency sent Enbridge two letters this year alone, specifically citing concerns that metal corrosion in the very same pipe involved in the spill that dates from the 1950s may pose a risk to public safety.  The result: a million gallons of oil in a river in Michigan.

The Feds need to step up oversight of the oil industry.  The idea that certain groups of people are entitled to outsize profits while subjecting the rest of us to massive environmental risks is unfair, it’s unsustainable, it’s toxic.  I don’t even want to think what Lake Michigan or Lake Huron would look like should something along the lines of the BP Gulf disaster were to occur in the Great Lakes.


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  1. On Monday night (July 26) an oil pipeline – owned by Enbridge Energy Inc. – burst and spilled over 1,000,000+ gallons of crude into the Kalamazoo River near Battle Creek, Michigan. Michiganders are scrambling to stop the flow from getting into Lake Michigan, but I fear their efforts are in vain.

    According to the latest local news reports, it seems that Enbridge was slow to react to the emergency, while under reporting the actual amount of oil that was leaked into the river. Since Monday, the situation has grown even worse. Birds and other animal wildlife, coated with oil, have been found. People living along the river have been warned to evacuate the area along the river way and not to drink their well water for fear of contamination.

    1,000,000+ gallons of oil may not sound like much to some, considering the amount of oil now floating just underwater in the Gulf of Mexico, but in such a confined area – like the Kalamazoo River – that amount is devastating. As the oil continues to flow west, it will soon reach Lake Michigan, affecting the drinking water of millions of people, killing all wildlife, and despoiling the true beauty of the great lake.

    I’m really starting to believe that corporations don’t give a damn about anything other than their profits. As I stated in one of my previous blog posts (Who Put Corporations in Charge?), “…what good is money, after all, if you don’t have air to breathe, water to drink, or food to eat without fear of contamination?”


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