Michigan oil spill more than 1M gallons-EPA

More than a million gallons of oil may have leaked this week into a major southern Michigan waterway that leads to Lake Michigan, said the... More Below... Posted by on Jul 28th, 2010 and filed under US.

More than a million gallons of oil may have leaked this week into a major southern Michigan waterway that leads to Lake Michigan, said the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The estimate reported tonight from the EPA exceeds earlier estimates from the company responsible for the spill into Talmadge Creek, which runs into the Kalamazoo River, of about 819,000 gallons.

The EPA and Enbridge Inc. are taking action on the “serious spill,” the agency’s administrator, Lisa Jackson, said in a statement.

To fund the federal government’s operations in response to the spill, the EPA said it’s requested the Coast Guard make $2 million available. Moreover, the EPA will move additional vessels into the area within days to assist in the response.

A Web site about the spill in Michigan has been created by the EPA and can be accessed at http://www.epa.gov/enbridgespill.

More resources brought by the pipeline company and the EPA to fight the oil spill are making its way down the Kalamazoo River, said Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

(Thanks to the Detroit Free Press and Wikipedia)