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!
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