MARSHALL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — An estimated 20,000 barrels — or 840,000 gallons — of oil have leaked from a pumping station into the Tallmadge Creek south of Marshall, an official with the pumping station’s owner said Monday evening.
The oil has moved into the Kalamazoo River at least as far as Ceresco, between Marshall and Battle Creek, as of 8 p.m. Monday. Oil could be seen coming down the dam in Ceresco and staining vegetation in the river.
An Enbridge Pipelines spokeswoman said she wasn’t certain how far the oil had traveled as of 9 p.m.
Neighbors alerted 24 Hour News 8 to oil-covered geese along the river between Marshall and Battle Creek.
“It just breaks your heart to see creatures suffering,” Sherri McGee said. “It’s just terrible. Somebody should be out here doing something.”
Enbridge spokeswoman Terri Larson said the company is aware of the birds and is working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. People wanting to report endagered animals — or any oil issues — can contact Enbridge at 1-800-306-6837.
Crews were working to place barriers Monday night but we wondered: is the company confident that the barriers were be placed ahead of the oil?
“What I can say is we’re bringing our full resources to bear to contain and resolve this situation. Everything we can throw at this we are throwing at this,” Larson told 24 Hour News 8.