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EPA orders Enbridge to do more dredging to keep oil out of Kalamazoo County


MARSHALL (WKZO) -- The EPA has now issued an administrative order, demanding that Enbridge dredge the river behind the Ceresco Dam and in the Kalamazoo River Delta at Morrow Lake, where the greatest concentrations of submerged oil remain.

It’s the clearest indication yet that a difference of opinion exists between the EPA and Enbridge Pipeline over exactly how clean is clean enough when it comes to the Kalamazoo River oil spill

The EPA fears if left alone, the oil could migrate down river, further into Kalamazoo County, where it would be even tougher to clean up.

It comes 2-1/2 years after their pipeline split, gushing 800-thousand gallons of thick toxic Canadian crude oil into the River.

Enbridge issued a statement saying it is reviewing the EPA order and willing to execute orders that are “based on sound science” but are not yet committing to compliance in this case. They have 5 days to respond, and 15 days to submit a work plan. .

The EPA expects dredging to begin this spring.