Oil spill: could reach Lake Michigan

On Monday, the Kalamazoo River, a waterway that flows into Lake Michigan has suffered from a spill of more than 800,000 gallons of oil. A 30-inch pipeline that carries millions of gallons of oil every day between the States and Canada is responsible for the leak, which has already affected more than 35 miles of the river.

The cause of the leak is currently under investigation, according to Patrick Daniel who is the chief executive of Enbridge Energy Partners, the owner of the pipeline.

The amount of workers on the clean-up site was doubled to 300 on Wednesday in an effort to prevent the spill from reaching the Great Lakes.

The place of the leak is now under investigation, and the entire pipeline is closed until full approval is granted to the Canadian company that is based out of Houston.

Gov. Granholm has been adamant about finding those responsible for the leak, as well as securing more resources for containment efforts. The governor has repeatedly said that the company’s response to the spill has so far been inadequate, a claim that has been supported by other officials.

Mark Schauer, a Michigan Democrat accused the company of not reporting the leak as soon as it was discovered, and that because of the delayed reaction, more oil could actually rest in the lake.

Known as the global headquarters of Kellogg Company, the city of 54,000 is still immersed in the acrid smell of oil in the air.

The disaster has dealt a severe blow to the city’s restoration plan, which included cleaning up the once-dirty river, and restoring the fauna that left the city in the past. A rehab facility for local birds and other wildlife has been set up.

At least 30 families have been paid to stay in hotels by the company after reports of damaged air quality surfaced. The residents, some of whom are older or pregnant are extremely concerned.

Yet aside from immediate compensation, the city is concerned with the company’s containment and clean-up plans, and whether those plans will be accomplished in due time.

The leak come at an especially difficult time, since the entire world is still dealing with the Gulf of Mexico spill, leaving wildlife preservation groups worried and overworked.