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State Health officials say residual oil in Kalamazoo River won't kill you, but could irritate skin


MARSHALL (WKZO) -- The Michigan Department of Health has been testing the water in the Kalamazoo River where the Enbridge Oil Spill occurred.

They say while the residual oil in the River may cause skin irritation, it probably won’t cause any long term health problems.

Spokesperson Angela Minicuci says while the oil spill doesn’t appear to have had any impact on the fish, they weren’t always safe to eat before the spill. They suggest you check with the state’s fish advisories.

She says more studies are being done and she couldn’t really answer what might happen if you swallow the oil or get it in your eyes.

Chemical experts who have had the residual oil individually tested say there are some pretty nasty chemicals in the crude, and they recommend avoiding contact.