Michigan Oil Spill Disrupts Ecosystem

July 28th, 2010 - 8:37 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
oil-spil1July 28, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A state of disaster was announced by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm yesterday after an estimated 877,000 gallons of oil leaked into the Talmande Creek and flowed into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan. The spokesperson of Enbridge Energy Partners, the company responsible for the leak said that a malfunction in their system had caused the spill, however, the spokesperson could not cite any reason for the malfunction. The oil spill has killed many fish and endangered wild life in the affected region.

The Southern Michigan residents were startled to hear the news of the destructive oil spill at Michigan. The crews are still working to clean up the mess caused by oil spill to save the birds, fish and the endangered wild life. The reports say that the spill resulted from a leak in the 30-inch pipeline, which carries 8 million gallons of oil every day from Indiana to Ontario. Governor Jennifer Granholm visited the place last night and was unsatisfied with the spill response. The Governor said that “There needs to be lot more done” but the Governor also admitted that there were not enough resources on the river. The officials are however, investigating the cause of the spill.

Enbridge Energy Partners’ president and chief executive Patrick D. Daniel last evening said that this accident was company’s responsibility as the “mess” is created by the company and assured that they were going to clean it up. The residents of the affected area were advised to stay away from the river and the officials say that the groundwater testing will begin soon. Mark Schauer, the U.S. Representative said that he discussed the oil spill with President Barack Obama. Matt Lehrich, the White House Spokesman said that the President has guaranteed a quick response to requests for assistance.

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