BREAKING: Leaky Pipeline Spills 19K Barrels Of Crude Oil Into Michigan River

It’s like the planet is trying to tell us something.

On Monday, a faulty Michigan pipeline full of oil sprung a leak, sending over 19,000 barrels of crude (840,000 gallons) into a creek that feeds into the Kalamazoo River.

Enbridge Energy Partners, the company that owns the pipeline, shut down the flow almost immediately, but not before oil entered the waterway. The line carries 190,000 barrels of oil each day from Griffith, Indiana, to Sarnia, Ontario.

The company said it is working with emergency officials and has deployed oil skimmers and absorbent booms on the creek and river to clean up the oil, but still doesn’t know what caused pipeline to malfunction.

Calhoun County Sheriff Al Byam told UPI that the timing of the spill is especially bad because recent storms have widened the river and caused it to carry the oil more quickly.

This is just further proof that it doesn’t matter whether it’s deep water or shallow water, offshore or inland- oil is a dirty business, and it’s threatening our lives and environment every day we allow it to continue.

This news comes just a month after a burst BP pipeline sent 93,000 gallons of gasoline poured into a Michigan farm field over the Memorial Day weekend. 

Isn’t it time we said enough is enough?

SIGN THE PETITIONS!

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Amy Burgin, a Michigan State University PhD student, does gas sampling to track the flow of a non-radioactive nitrogen isotope in a stream that is part of the Kalamazoo River watershed in western Michigan.
Image Credit: Michigan State University

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95 comments

Walter G.
Walter g.5 years ago

The only thing retarding industrial and private sector progress away from oil is greed and corruption. How much longer can we as a population sleep while our destruction is being plotted by our own leaders?

Juan Pablo de la Torre

What a year, uh?

Randall Gloege
Randall Gloege5 years ago

It grows clearer every day that we must abandon the oil economy. The industry lacks the motivation to care for the environment, being driven instead by possibly higher profits gained in part by deliberately damaging ecosystems. We already know that many of our elected representatives act irresponsibly. Why should we expect the oil business to be any different, especially since many of those same congressmen came into office with the help of dirty oil money. Clean up must begin through reestablishing the concept of public service among those we elect.

Jami Winn
Jami Winn5 years ago

yea the planet is trying to tell us HEY IF YOUR GUNNA FIX SOMETHING DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME AND YOU WOULDN'T HAVE THIS PROBLEM NOW

Peter B.
Peter B.5 years ago

thanks for shareing

Jo B.
Jo Balltes5 years ago

Awful....Thank you very much for sharing. Interesting article. x

Mike Masley
Michael Masley5 years ago

another mess

Dietrich S.
Dietrich S.5 years ago

"It's like the planet is trying to tell us something." - O yes! In so many cases the planet is trying to tell us, that our demands are too big, that our human population numbers are too big, that the overload of the earth caused by our darned species is too big.
But this blockheaded human race doesn't care to listen to the earth.

stacey O.
stacey Oertel5 years ago

What is going on with these toxic spills??

Jeanie Johnson
Jeanie Johnson5 years ago

There is much to think about in these recent reports of oil spills. We need to take stock of our decisions and our choices.