Michigan oil spill culprit found

The pipeline break that caused hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil to spew into a major river in southern Michigan has been located, officials... More Below... Posted by on Jul 31st, 2010 and filed under US.

The pipeline break that caused hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil to spew into a major river in southern Michigan has been located, officials said.

During a news conference Saturday afternoon in Marshall, Mich., an official with the Canadian company which owns the pipeline that leaked oil into the Kalamazoo River confirmed the break’s discovery.

“It is highly unlikely there is any other break in the pipe,” said Enbridge Inc. executive vice president Steve Wuori. No oil was leaking from the exposed pipe, he added.

On Monday, the company shut down the pipeline and had been looking for the break since.

Approximately 820,000 gallons of oil leaked, said Enbridge. However, the Environmental Protection Agency puts the total at more than 1 million gallons.

On July 26, the pipeline leaked oil into Talmadge Creek that flows into the Kalamazoo, initially causing two homes to be evacuated, and prohibitions against fishing and swimming to be posted. On July 29, the Calhoun County Health Department asked 30 to 50 households to evacuate, and twice as many were advised not to drink their water.

(Thanks to AP and Wikipedia)