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Enbridge will appeal once again for more time to dredge the Kalamazoo River delta


COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP  (WKZO) -- Enbridge finds itself between a rock and a hard place after the Comstock Planning Commission rejected their request for a Special Use Permit to set up a dredge pad at Comstock Commerce Park.

They need to find someplace they can take the river sediments dredged up from the Kalamazoo River Delta to extract the water, mix the solids and the oil with cement and ship it off to a landfill.

Spokesman Jason Manshum says they will be trying again to convince the EPA that they need more time.

He says they have looked at all the alternative sites and they all have problems.

The EPA has set a December 31st deadline, but if winter weather arrives before that, the dredging will have to stop. The clock is ticking.

TEXAS  (WKZO) -- A side bar to the Enbridge clean-up story. A Texas subcontractor and his manager who brought a bus load of undocumented workers from Texas to Marshall for the cleanup three years ago have now both pled guilty to harboring illegal workers.

The Federal documents charged they also short-changed the workers, paying them less than was promised.

The case involved 42 workers. Phillip Hallmark, the owner of Hallmark Industrial services pled in April. Manager Thomas Gard pled Friday.

Both could get up to ten years when they are sentenced.