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Another stroke of the cluestick

Posted by Charles II on July 29, 2010

John Byrne, ChiTrib:

First reported Monday, the [Kalamazoo River oil] spill has dumped more than a million gallons of oil into a tributary of the Kalamazoo River from a pipeline that carries petroleum from Canada’s oil sands region to Griffith, Ind., according to federal authorities quoted by the Associated Press. The oil is about 80 miles from Lake Michigan and moving toward the lake.

The pipeline is owned by Calgary-based Enbridge Energy Partners, and the spill is one of the biggest ever in the Midwest, the Tribune has reported.

Oil and the environment don’t mix.


3 Responses to “Another stroke of the cluestick”

  1. MEC said

    The government needs a cluesticking, too: Regulators warned the company that the pipeline was in dangerously bad shape. The government needs to realize that a Sternly Worded Letter isn’t enough to make villains do the right thing. Serious fines should be imposed when pipelines fail inspection.

    • Charles II said

      In the case of oil companies, the cluestick is too delicate an instrument. A good hardwood stick is required.

      As for fines, I’m not sure the federal government has ever levied a serious fine. What’s the value of the Gulf of Mexico? Of Prince William Sound? Of Lake Michigan? A serious fine would be, say, three times the value of what is damaged. Say, a trillion or so. Per incident.

  2. The Destructionist said

    On Monday night (July 26) an oil pipeline – owned by Enbridge Energy Inc. – burst and spilled over 1,000,000+ gallons of crude into the Kalamazoo River near Battle Creek, Michigan. Michiganders are scrambling to stop the flow from getting into Lake Michigan, but I fear their efforts are in vain.

    According to the latest local news reports, it seems that Enbridge was slow to react to the emergency, while under reporting the actual amount of oil that was leaked into the river. Since Monday, the situation has grown even worse. Birds and other animal wildlife, coated with oil, have been found. People living along the river have been warned to evacuate the area along the river way and not to drink their well water for fear of contamination.

    1,000,000+ gallons of oil may not sound like much to some, considering the amount of oil now floating just underwater in the Gulf of Mexico, but in such a confined area – like the Kalamazoo River – that amount is devastating. As the oil continues to flow west, it will soon reach Lake Michigan, affecting the drinking water of millions of people, killing all wildlife, and despoiling the true beauty of the great lake.

    I’m really starting to believe that corporations don’t give a damn about anything other than their profits. As I stated in one of my previous blog posts (Who Put Corporations in Charge?), “…what good is money, after all, if you don’t have air to breathe, water to drink, or food to eat without fear of contamination?”

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