Marshall, MI Response
We promised the people of Marshall and Battle Creek that we would make the Kalamazoo River cleaner than before the spill, and we remain firm in our commitment. So it is encouraging that the cleanup, under the direction of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), progressed to the point that the Kalamazoo River opened for recreational use in June 2012. We are also pleased that remediation of Talmadge Creek and the overbanks of the affected waterways was successfully completed in March 2012, and long-term monitoring of those areas has been turned over to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).
Although much progress has been made, we received an Order on Thursday, March 14, from Region 5 U.S. EPA requiring additional response efforts on the Kalamazoo River. We are, as we have always been, focused on cooperation with the EPA and other authorities in doing what is best for the river and the environment based on analysis and sound science. We will study the Order in detail and respond accordingly.
On Monday, July 26, 2010, a leak was detected on Line 6B of Enbridge Energy Partners’ Lakehead System near the company’s Marshall, Mich., pipeline pumping station. Enbridge safely returned Line 6B to service on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, in accordance with a restart plan accepted by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).
Enbridge acknowledges the disruption the leak has caused for many members of the Marshall, Battle Creek and surrounding communities and we appreciate the community’s support. For more information about Enbridge’s response, visit response.enbridgeUS.com.