A large oil spill has taken place in Calhoun County near Battle Creek Michigan. The release of oil occurred earlier this week, and the leak has since been repaired. Ducks Unlimited has offered assistance to state and federal agencies working in the area, and will continue to monitor the situation. Please find following a fact sheet per the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Environment regarding the spill and the status of assessment and recovery efforts in the area.
On July 26, a pipeline ruptured on Enbridge Energy's Lakehead system near a pump station in Marshall, Michigan. The leaking pipeline spilled approximately 877,000 gallons of oil (roughly 20,000 barrels) into a creek leading to the Kalamazoo River, according to estimates from Enbridge Energy Partners, the Canadian company taking responsibility for the spill.
Michigan DNRE crews are on the scene, both monitoring the river and conducting damage assessments. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the lead agency, and other federal agencies including the Fish and Wildlife Service, are also on site.
Information on the oil spill will be available at http://www.michigan.gov/dnre and will be updated as more information is available.
The information we have to date is:
* The leak originated at the Enbridge site, at 16000 Division Drive near the border of Marshall and Fredonia townships. The oil spilled into Talmadge Creek, which flows northwest into the Kalamazoo River.
* The Lakehead oil pipeline system, at 3,100 miles, is one of the longest in the world. The 30-inch pipeline carries about 8 million gallons of oil per day from Griffith, Indiana, to Sarnia, Ontario.
* Heavy rains have swollen the creeks and the Kalamazoo River, making it possible for oil to get past booms and barriers and make its way downstream to Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.
* Enbridge has cleanup equipment and staff resources on site working to contain the spill.
* The Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department has advised people - until further notice - to avoid all surface-water activities including swimming, wading, fishing and boating/canoeing/kayaking.
* Calhoun County officials say the situation should not affect Marshall drinking water (which comes from groundwater), at least in the short term.
* The DNRE is fully aware that area wildlife is affected - and we understand that people are concerned and want to do something to help - but unless you have specialized training and necessary equipment, please call 800- 306-6837 to report affected wildlife. Otherwise, your attempts to rescue an animal could actually further stress the animal and worsen the situation. As soon as the DNRE and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are given clearance to begin rescue efforts for affected wildlife, those efforts will begin.