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WATCH: EPA Officials Speak with the Media in Battle Creek About Oil Spill


BATTLE CREEK -- EPA officials told members of the media in their Friday afternoon update that several different agencies and many people are helping in the cleanup process of the Kalamazoo river and beyond.  

The EPA which is working with Enbridge Energy Partners officials as well as the State of Michigan and Calhoun County said at the press conference that they have been unable to get to all sections affected because of unstable terrain and uncertainty in the process.

Officials did however say that the oil has stopped leaking from the initial pipe which Enbrige CEO Patrick Daniels has said was drained earlier in the week.  The EPA's top administrator will be coming to oversee the cleanup in the region which officials said this afternoon could be a process that takes months or years to finalize.

Ralph Dollhopf with the Environmental Protection Agency has these opening remarks at the press conference: