Oil Spread on Kalamazoo River Appears Halted; Impacts Continue

"BATTLE CREEK – Unlike communities along the Kalamazoo River in Calhoun County still suffering significant after-effects of Monday’s crude oil leak, Kalamazoo should be spared from the oily mess that has killed fish and birds and left a stench that forced residents from their homes.

'There is no anticipated inflow (of oil) into the city of Kalamazoo,' Ralph Dollhopf, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s senior on-scene coordinator for the spill response, said at a press conference Thursday. 'We are confident we can contain the oil upstream.'

Susan Hedman, administrator for the EPA’s Region 5 based in Chicago, said she completed a flyover of the Kalamazoo River on Wednesday afternoon and didn’t see any oil on Morrow Lake 'I did not observe any sheen of oil on Morrow Lake,' she said."
 
Chris Killian reports for the Kalamazoo Gazette July 30, 2010.

SEE ALSO:

Kalamazoo Gazette spill portal

"Report: Michigan Among States With Most Pipeline Accidents" (USA TODAY)

"Regulators Warned Company on Pipeline Corrosion" (New York Times)

"Workers Try To Grasp Michigan Oil Spill Toll on Wildlife" (Detroit Free Press)

"Past Problems for Company at Heart of Oil Spill" (AP)

"EPA Is Hopeful Lake Michigan Can Be Spared" (Detroit Free Press)

Friday, July 30, 2010