Thursday, August 5, 2010

Enbridge Offers to Buy 200 Michigan Oil Spill Homes; Evacuation, Restrictions Still in Place

August 4, 2010 - The oil spill in Marshall that dumped over one million gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River has been contained, reported the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this week, but cleanup will likely take months.

Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties have not yet lifted restrictions on the river area: signs are posted along the riverbanks prohibiting all swimming, boating and fishing; the water is not to be used for irrigation or water for animals; and residents are still encouraged to stay away from the area as much as possible due to benzene levels in the air.

For area dog owners, this may mean finding a new place for daily walks or even boarding the dog elsewhere until the restrictions are lifted. The 61 homes surrounding the original spill area are still under a voluntary evacuation order.


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