It’s been 8 months since a broken pipeline spewed more than 800,000 gallons of crude oil near Marshall.
Wintry weather reduced the size of the cleanup response. But now, the next phase of the cleanup is about to begin.
Becky Haase is an Enbridge Energy spokeswoman. She says about 200 cleanup workers have spent the past few months digging up oil-soaked soil from contaminated wetlands. Now that’s its getting warmer, Haase says oil may once again become visible along the Kalamazoo River.
“It’s definitely possible that some sheen will be visible to folks…especially those who live along the river."
Enbridge will focus this Spring on removing oil still resting on the bottom of the Kalamazoo River. Haase says work crews will begin cleaning oil soaked islands in the Kalamazoo River this month “and remove that soil and replace it with new, fresh soil. The restoration effort will follow that.”