Huge Michigan Oil Spill Caused by Corporate Neglect, Inaction, Says NTSB

Kalamazoo River oil spill
DETROIT -- Federal investigators say a Canadian company's neglect of cracks in one of its oil pipelines and slow response to a 2010 rupture in southwestern Michigan caused the most expensive onshore spill in U.S. history.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Matt Fox told board members in Washington on Tuesday that Enbridge, based in Calgary, Alberta, knew about cracks in its pipeline near Marshall but failed to address them adequately before the rupture.

The July 2010 spill dumped 843,000 gallons of crude into the Kalamazoo River and an enjoining creek. Cleanup has cost an estimated $800 million and is only now nearing completion.

The five-member board will vote later Tuesday on whether to reject, amend or accept the investigators' findings.

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This is tar sand oil and it sinks and will take years to get off river bed ,if at all

July 11 2012 at 10:13 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

This was tar sands crude oil. They don't even really know how to clean up. People wonder why others can drag their feet on letting other pipelines be built in their backyards/on their property. This is why. Enbridge like BP is more interested in profits then doing the right thing. It took Enbridge 17 hours before they realized the pipeline leak.The notion by some that regulations aren't needed is ridiculous.

July 11 2012 at 12:34 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

Just like the Exxon Valdez fiasco......they will probably get off with a slap on the tush and no big fine. Say NO to the Keystone XL fiasco.

July 11 2012 at 12:14 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

The scumbags at BP allowed their circa 1957 pipeline infrastructure to crumble.
In Constantine Township MIchigan, we suffered a MASSIVE GASOLINE SPILL!
A geyser of gasoline 50ft high erupted, releasing AT LEAST 100,000 gallons of gas to spill.
There has been NO attempt to tell residents ANYTHING. NOT ONE DAMN THING.
This was allowed to occur within 1/2 mi of one of the top blue ribbon trout streams in SW Michigan.
Benzene probably contaminates our wells, WE DONT KNOW.
How can they get away with this?

July 10 2012 at 11:26 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply


July 10 2012 at 11:23 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

They are ALL caused by neglect or willful disregard for safety protocols. Does anybody really think the oil just jumps up and splashes all over the place?

July 10 2012 at 10:30 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

Why can't we install a flowmeter in the pipeline every so often? And shut down the oil flow within a split second shoud a rupture occur? Parker Hannafin (sp?) makes a complete line of fluid controllers, valves, pumps, etc. And flow meters.

July 10 2012 at 10:29 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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Because they pay their software people to reprogram the controllers so they do not go off when a problem occurs. We have the technology, it is the corruption that is failing us. This has been going on for a long time....just wait, if they get the Keystone through. 200 permanent jobs, maybe. And welded pipe that is sure to fail. (never mind that you can buy seamless pipe, all the rage before we became so greedy)

July 11 2012 at 10:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

More human destruction to the planet....UNACCEPTABLE!!!

July 10 2012 at 10:27 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to cobaltmuscle's comment

Sorry, but we have been accepting it for decades. The good news is the planet will be here long after we are gone.

July 10 2012 at 10:31 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to supermolar's comment

It's a shame that it will be devoid of human life.

July 11 2012 at 4:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

To think there's people that want absolutely no regulations.

July 10 2012 at 10:21 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

A mere dribble. The existing Keystone line has already leaked a dozen times in just one year of operation. The Keystone XL would cross more than 70 rivers and streams, including the Missouri, Platte, Yellowstone, and Arkansas. The oil spill from another pipeline in the Yellowstone River last month didn't do much to allay those concerns. It would also cross the Ogallala Aquifer, which provides nearly one-third of the groundwater used to irrigate US crops, supports $20 billion in agriculture, and supplies drinking water to about 2 million people. A recent report from a researcher at the University of Nebraska estimated that there would be 91 significant spills from the pipeline in the next 50 years. A worst-case-scenario spill in Nebraska's sand hills above the Ogallala Aquifer could dump as much as 180,000 barrels, tainting the vast water supply in the region.

July 10 2012 at 9:43 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply