Logs raise the question of whether pipeline operator Enbridge delayed reporting the Kalamazoo, Mich. spill, making it worse. EPA head Jackson goes to Michigan to personally oversee spill response. Gov. Granholm sees cleanup 'progress.' Michigan's attorney general begins an investigation. Cleanup is expected to take months.
And when did the energy company -- and its Canadian parent, Enbridge Inc. -- realize it had a potential disaster seeping into the Kalamazoo River?
U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer, member of a House subcommittee that oversees the nation's network of oil and gas pipelines, said the panel is launching an investigation to answer those questions. Schauer, a Battle Creek Democrat who lives 15 miles from the spill, continued his verbal assault on Enbridge on Friday, saying it failed to promptly report the leak to federal authorities, delaying their response.
The company's president and CEO, Patrick Daniel, apologized again for the mess the company created, even as he defended Enbridge's response. The company worked Friday to pull the offending pipe to the surface, but had failed to do so by late afternoon."
Jennifer Dixon, Christina Hall, and Eric D. Lawrence report for the Detroit Free Press July 31, 2010.
"Enbridge Ordered to Take `Corrective Action' Before It Can Restart Line" (Bloomberg)
"Michigan's Attorney General Opens Investigation Into Oil Spill" (WZZM13/ABC)
EPA Administrator Jackson Going To Michigan To Oversee Spill Response (Wall St. Journal)
"Granholm Tours Spill Site, Sees 'Progress' in Oil Cleanup" (Detroit News)
"Cleanup of Mich. River Oil Spill Will Take Months" (AP)