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WATCH: Senator Debbie Stabenow Thanks Oil Spill Response Teams

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Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow speaks as Governor Granholm and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson look on.
Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow speaks as Governor Granholm and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson look on.

KALAMAZOO -- Cleanup crews continue to work around the clock to cleanup the oil spill on the Kalamazoo River.

Lieutenant Paul Baker says their efforts appear to be containing the spill.

However, they intend to prepare for even the worst case scenario, preparing to install booms further along the Kalamazoo river, beyond the Morrow dam, but only if necessary.

Governor Granholm has officially declared the river a disaster zone, and they're seeking a presidential declaration for affected areas, as well.

The City of Kalamazoo has taken steps to protect the City’s water system from contamination, should the oil break thru the barriers. They have shut down a water pumping station near Morrow Lake, and made changes at the City’s Riverfront wastewater treatment plant, so they can continue operations should the river water become contaminated with oil.

Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller says gawkers, lookie-loos and rubber neckers have become a problem on area bridges. They are trying to turn the oil spill into a spectator sport. He says it’s dangerous to breathe in the fumes from the crude oil. Sight seers are also clogging area bridges, creating a public nuisance.

He says move along, there is nothing to see here.

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