Just what the environment needs — another oil spill. On Monday, 800,000 gallons of oil spilled into the Kalamazoo River, which is a major waterway that flows into Lake Michigan. By Wednesday, the oil had already contaminated 35 miles of river, coating animals in oil and forcing residents out of their homes. The oil is coming from a 30-inch pipeline owned by Enbridge Energy Partners.
Jennifer M. Granholm, Governor of Michigan, called the response from Enbridge, “wholly inadequate.” If oil companies were to learn anything from the BP spill, wouldn’t it be that they need to take responsibility right away and go in to clean up and repair faster and more forcefully than they think they should?