Enbridge ordered to complete cleanup of massive Michigan oil spill
Crews clean up oil from a ruptured pipeline, owned by Enbridge Inc, near booms and absorbent materials where Talmadge Creek meets the Kalamazoo River as in Marshall Township, Mich., on July 30, 2010. (AP / Paul Sancya)
Published Friday, March 15, 2013 6:50AM EDT
CALGARY, Alta. -- A Canadian energy giant is being ordered by U.S. authorities to do more to clean up a big oil spill that happened in southwest Michigan more than two and-a-half years ago.
About three million litres of oil leaked from an Enbridge pipeline that ruptured in July, 2010 near Kalamazoo.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it's still finding oil in parts of the Kalamazoo River -- and it's ordering Calgary-based Enbridge to do more dredging to remove submerged oil.
The agency is also ordering Enbridge to maintain sediment traps throughout the river to capture oil outside the area being dredged.
The EPA is giving Enbridge 15 days to come up with a work plan, and says the dredging should start this spring.