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Kalamazoo River Oil Leak Disaster: What you can do

Kalamazoo River above Ceresco Dam contaminated with oil

Updated 9/12/10 @ 2:00 p.m. EDT

The Oil Disaster on the Kalamazoo River caused by Enbridge Energy's broken pipeline is already being described as the worst oil spill in history in the Great Lakes Region.  With at least 1 million gallons of crude oil flowing into Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River, Sierra Club is working to find ways that you can help with clean up and with helping our country move Beyond Oil!  

Aerial photos taken on August 8th, including the photo at right, are available to view here. Many thanks to  LightHawk for providing the flight to allow these photos to be taken!

US EPA has posted photos links to photos they and Michigan DNRE have taken here.   Photos taken by Lucas Evans of the spill are here.  You can take action to get us beyond oil at the bottom of this page!

EPA Updated information: USEPA has now provided links to the Enbridge Cleanup Plan and Water Sediment and Sampling Data on its website.
 Map of Spill Area from Enbridge: Enbridge has provided us a map of the extent of the spill and the location of booms along the Kalamazoo River and Talmadge Creek. The map (dated 7/30/10) shows mileposts and major landmarks. USEPA REJECTS ENBRIDGE CLEAN UP PLAN - 7/31/10.  See EPA Disapproval Notice here.

SPEAK UP! Action Alerts for Breaking our addiction to oil and to deal with dirty fuels and pipelines:


Hearing on Oil Spill in the US House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Wednesday, September 15, 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC

Congressmen Oberstar and Schauer hold a hearing on the Enbridge Pipeline oil spill on the Kalamazoo River. Check here to see if the hearing will be webcast.

Check EPA site or send email for details to Jeff Kelley of USEPA for updates on meetings and briefings.


For Michigan and the rest of America to get Beyond Oil, we need to start demanding change in every community and recognized we are all affected by dirty fuels extraction, transport and refining! 

In Detroit supporters of a Clean Energy Future brought the message of getting us Beyond Oil to the shores of the Detroit River at Belle Isle Park. 

The Marathon OIl Refinery in Detroit and refineries in Canada get some of their oil from the pipeline that burst in Marshall, MI, on July 25th.  

OilSpillProtestBelleIsleA push is on to bring more tar sands oil to our state for refining at Marathon, putting one of the dirtiest oils extracted into pipelines like the one that broke and contaminated miles of our waterways, hurt our wildlife and threatened the health of people living nearby.  

Find out about Sierra Club's Dirty Fuels Campaign and get involved in getting our country Beyond Oil!

Thanks to Italia Milan for providing these photos of this event!


Please check back regularly as we post updated information and ways to get involved! Officials are asking that people do not pick up and try to clean oil-effected animals themselves. Instead if you see an animal that needs help, call the Enbridge Oil Spill Hotline at 1-800-306-6837 to notify US Fish and Wildlife officials, who are running a rehabilitation center in Marshall.  


Crossroads Church and Ministries

Many thanks to Crossroads Church and Ministries at 717 US Highway 27, Marshall, MI Map Here  (.5 mile S of 1-94, exit 110, on west side of road)  which has been collecting materials for clean up since the start of the oil spill. Materials donated here will be transported by officials to the secure animal care center.  For more information please contact Steve Sachs at 269-274-3220 or Dave Jenkins at 269-579-4488, or check the Crossroads Church pages for more information.
                 Kalamazoo River Environmental Relief Fund, PO Box 101, Homer, MI 49245
                 Contact Carol Petredean-DiSalvio, Administrator of the Fund, for more information.


Thanks to Emily Evers, Melissa Damaschke, Lucas Evans and Rita Chapman for updates.  Thanks for doing whatever you can to protect our precious water and wildlife! If you have questions or suggestions please contact the Michigan Chapter office at 517-484-2372 or michigan.chapter@sierraclub.org
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Partial Cleanup Efforts Alleged  9/9

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Hunters Asked to Avoid Cleanup area 9/5

Rep. Schauer calls for investigation of claims 9/1

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Hallmark Industrial Fired from Clean Up 8/31

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Feds say Pipeline May Never Restart 8/27

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Public Meeting Tonight: Congressman Schauer 8/26

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Enbridge Pipeline has dent in St. Clair River 8/26

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After MI Spill, Familiar Concerns about Regulators 8/16

Residents meet with EPA 8/19

State Constitution Needs Teeth to Protect Lakes from Oil Drilling 8/19

Enbridge Preparing to Test Pipeline 8/20

Cong Schauer Announces Public Meeting Aug 268/20

Health Concerns Continue 8/19

Enbridge flowing water through pipe 8/18

Final Oil Spill Evacuation Order Lifted 8/18

State: Call in Oiled Wildlife 8/18

MI Oil Firms Face Tougher Regs 8/18

Feds Approve Cleanup Plans 8/17

Possible BP Pipeline Break in Hammond IN 8/17

Enbridge Fined $2.4M for 2007 Accident 8/17

Cleanup Passes Up MI Skilled Labor 8/17

Spill Cost Could be $400 Million 8/17

Cleaned up Geese Released 8/17

Oil Sheen Increased with Rain 8/17

Operator Error Compound Oil Spill? 8/16

Are we prepared for Oil Spill In Great Lakes? 8/16

Evacuation Lifted in Part 8/16

8/1 Link to EPA Notice of Disapproval here

Quebecois Tent City Protests Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline plan 8/15

Kalamazoo Water Festival Reflects Oil Spill 8/15

Oil Spill Slop to be Stored in NW Indiana 8/15

Editorial: Preventing Oil Spills 8/15

Students, public face restrictions with oil spill cleanup 8/15

Clues as to What May Have Happened 8/14

Enbridge CEO says spills inherent risk 8/14

Homeless Sickened by Fumes 8/13

Plan raises possibility of extended line shutdown 8/12

Enbridge pipeline shutdown hits producers 8/12

Enbridge Posts $232 M Profit 7/29

Disaster Shifts from Emergency to Recovery 8/14

Enbridge Re-Submits Start Up Plan 8/14

Kalamazoo Spill Raises Concerns over Canadian Pipeline proposal 8/14

Housing Issues for Those Near Oil Spill 8/14

Lawsuits Seeking Damages Filed 8/14

Enbridge Cuts Space on Alternative To Broken Line 8/13

No Cost Estimate Yet, and Photo of Gash in Pipleine 8/13

Pipeline Shutdown Affects Businesses in Several States 8/13

Cost of Clean Up Unknown 8/13

Michigan Oil Spill: Tar Sands Name Game 8/13

Kalamazoo river spill has lessons for us 8/13

Updates on the Kalamazoo River Oil Spill 8/13

M-Live Photos of Oil Spill 8/13

Oil Spill Damage to Homes and People 8/13

Residential Wells Testing Clean for now 8/12

First Wildfowl Cleaned up Released 8/12

Enbridge Oil spill Pulls Profit-seekers 8/12 

Fundraiser for Cleanup Fund to be held August 21 8/12

Feds Deny Enbridge Plan to Reopen Pipeline 8/11

Pipeline Spill Underlines Fears of Tarsands Development 8/10

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Public Meeting Tuesday Night 8/10

Not Many Dead Fish So Far 8/10

Enbridge Chief Staying In MI 8/10

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Spill Causes Boom in Business 8/8

Oil Spill May Choke River Life For Years 8/8

S. MI Faces Long Recovery After Oil Spill 8/8 (map here)

MI Liberal: "Remember When" 8/8

Oil Spill Steals Hot Fishing Spot on Kazoo River 8/8

Canadian Tar sands Pipeline May Be Halted 8/8

Enbridge Should Give Work to Locals 8/8

Booms Ony Visible Indication West of Galesburg 8/8

Lake Allegan Level Back to Normal after spill 8/8

Calhoun Cty Fair Going Ahead near Oil Spill site 8/8

EPA, Enbridge Press Conference Sunday 8/8

Photos from Flyover 8/6

Busted Pipe Sent to DC for Examination 8/7

Lengthwise Gash Found in Pipe 8/7

Busted Pipeline Dug Up 8/7

Plans to Restart Pipeline Flow Unknown 8/6

Congressional Hearing Set for Sept 15 8/5

Canadians Protest Enbridge Expansion Plans 8/2

Op-Ed: Oil Spill Points Out Flaws in Energy Policy - Brune & Woiwode 8/6

Latest on Oil Spill 8/5

Oil Spill Rivals Gulf Disaster 8/6

Oil Spill Creates Demand for Boom 8/4

What the River Dragged In 8/4

The Real Cost of Oil 8/4

Connecting The Enbridge Mess to Tar Sands 8/4

Congressional Reps Speak Up:

Enbridge Opens Claims Office 8/4

Photos from Kalamazoo Gazette 8/3

Gulf Spill Has Us Seeing Oil Everywhere 8/3

Offer to buy up to 200 homes on river 8/3

Enbridge Offers to Buy Homes near Spill 8/3

Stricter Federal Regulations Needed 8/3

Two-thirds of Spilled Oil Recovered 8/3

EPA Releases Pipe Picture at Meeting 8/3

More on Public Meeting in Marshall 8/3

Pressure Drop Investigated, 1000 at Marshall Public Meeting 8/3

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EPA Solicits Tech Innovation to Address Enbridge Spill 8/1

Approx 500 Attend EPA Public Meeting in Marshall 8/2

Enbridge Knew Pressure Problems Present Day Before discovering Spill 8/2

Public Meeting 7 PM Tonight in Marshall 8/2

EPA Put in $13 million for Clean Up 8/2

Media blocked from Oil Spill Site 8/2

Enbridge says clean up moving from river to riverbanks 8/2

EPA rejects 8 clean up plans, Enbridge Claims River is Oil Free 8/2 

Great Lakes Environmental Law Center files Notice to Sue 8/2

Oil Spill Shows Need for Change 8/2

Investigators Search for Cause of Spill 8/2

NTSB Investigates Spill 8/2

$5 Million Spent So Far Says EPA 8/2

Timeline of OIl Spill Crisis 8/1

Workers Gear Up To Help Animals In Oil Spill 8/1

EPA Reports Improvements At Spill Site 8/1

Evacuees deal with Frustrations 8/1

Four more Hospitalized Because of Spill 8/1

Video of Clean up Efforts

EPA Rejects Enbridge Clean Up Plan 8/1 Link to EPA Notice of Disapproval here

Kalamazoo Spill Wake Up Call for State 8/1

White House Warned Enbridge About Safety Issues 8/1

Did Enbridge respond as quickly as it could? 8/1

Were Regulations Too Lax? 8/1

Spill Puts Industry and Congress on notice 8/1

Opinion: This is No Way to Treat Michigan's Rivers 8/1

Center for Oil-Affected Wildlife Ramps up 7/31

Jackson "very confident" Spill Won't Reach Lake Michigan

EPA, Granholm Report Progress in Spill Cleanup

Press Conference 7.31.10

More Help Coming To Help with Oil Spill

Crews Race to Clean Up Oil Spill in Michigan (NPR)

Officials Found Corrosion in Pipes (Detroit Free Press)

Enbridge Broken Pipeline To Stay Shut for Now

CBC report on Enbridge Oil Disaster Cleanup

Pipeline Leak Deals Blow to Tar Sands Industry

Chicago Mayor Calls for Criminal Investigation

Oil Spill Refugees Hospitalized

Was Enbridge Oil Spill Preventable?

Enbridge Energy Press Conference 7/29



Where Do Enbridge Pipelines Run? Map links here

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