Enbridge: Marshall Oil Spill Was 25,000 Gallons Bigger

Mike Smith (football coach)

Enbridge has revised its estimated amount of oil spilled in the July 26 pipeline break in Marshall.

The company says nearly 25,000 more gallons of oil were spilled, adding to the previous estimate of 819,000 gallons. The total estimate is now 843,444 gallons of crude onto several acres of land, eventually making it's way into the Kalamazoo River.  Clean-up of that spill continues and could cost the company $400 million.

So far, more than 766,000 gallons of crude have been recovered.

As far as continuing the cleanup efforts, Enbridge said this:

"Generally speaking, winter conditions will slow down our work activities. However, there are some environmentally sensitive areas that we may be able to access once the ground freezes without destroying natural habitats in those areas. We are currently working with the MDNRE and EPA on an appropriate approach to these areas. We remain committed to cleaning up the oil from Talmadge Creek, the Kalamazoo River and affected shoreline to the satisfaction of regulators and affected communities. Tests found four unusual spots within a couple of miles of each other.  Enbridge Spokesman Mike Smith says no evacuations are necessary, and no oil has leaked.  The line will be closed as crews complete a visual inspection, but Smith could not say how long that might take.  The line being examined is 50 miles northeast of the line that burst in Calhoun County in July."

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