Enbridge says it’s on target to meet Sept. 27 deadline for cleaning oil from Mich. waterways

By John Flesher, AP
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Company expects to meet Mich. oil cleanup deadline

Enbridge Inc. says it expects to meet a Sept. 27 deadline set by federal regulators for removing oil that spilled into southern Michigan waterways after a pipeline leak.

The Canadian company says it’s making progress on cleaning up the Kalamazoo River, a tributary called Talmadge Creek and other waterways and shorelines.

More than 800,000 gallons of crude escaped from in the rupture, which Enbridge reported July 26.

The line runs from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario.

Environmental Protection Agency official Mark Duno said Thursday that 10 million gallons of water and oil have been removed and the cleanup is mostly done.

He says trouble spots remain, including areas where oil entered river sediments. Enbridge plans to dredge and remove submerged oil.

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