Just? Another OIL SPILL

Posted: July 28, 2010 in GREEN

Hopefully all the damage from the 2010 oil spills will inspire the majority of people to replace their dirty energy habits with renewable green sources.

As a co-owner and major activist of Nebraska’s green movements including NEBRASKAGREENFUELS.com I have been monitoring a healthy growth of inquiries. I just hope everyone is taking action rather then just talking about reducing their support for petroleum based oil products.

It is simple to take action such as creating your own biodiesel and driving a diesel vehicle for long trips. Or driving an electric moped or car on local errands…and for heavens sake, ride a bicycle as much as possible. Collect solar and wind power and connect it to your small uses in the garage or lighting needs. IF YOU NEED HELP, just ask me… Helping others with these solutions is what I do for a living.

That said, take some time and read about the Great Lakes disaster and help spread these links to your network please to increase awareness.


Joyce Coppinger <jc10508@windstream.net>


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To: Joyce Coppinger <jc10508@windstream.net>
Worst Oil Spill in Midwest History: 800K Gallons Head to Lake Michigan
by DingellDem
Tue Jul 27, 2010 at 02:43:51 PM PDT
More than 800,000 gallons of oil spilled into Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River on Sunday and Monday.  The oil is a part of the eight million gallons that traverse the area each day en route from Indiana to the major refinery town of Sarnia, Ontario.  A Canadian company, Enbridge Inc., owns the pipeline.
Battle Creek Enquirer <http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/article/20100727/NEWS01/7270319/Leak-spews-oil-into-Kalamazoo-River>
For those who don’t know, the Kalamazoo River flows 166 miles across southern Michigan.  The river has its origins in the south-central counties of Hillsdale and Jackson.  Eventually, the river reaches Lake Michigan at Saugatuck.
Kalamazoo River: Wikipedia <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalamazoo_River>

Much of this oil comes from the Alberta tar sands via a complex network of pipelines.  Susan Casey-Lefkowitz has a great post on this topic at the Natural Resources Defense Council:
Switchboard/NRDC <http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/sclefkowitz/a_mess_in_michigan_pipeline_sp.html>
The problem, of course, is that local municipalities have almost no way of stopping pipeline construction because of federal law.
Note: Representative Mark Schauer (D/MI-07) is at the scene and released a statement that he will not rest until the company cleans up its mess.

“I am gravely concerned about this devastating oil spill that occurred here in Calhoun County. On behalf of the people of Marshall, Calhoun County and Michigan, I will not rest until the company takes full responsibility for cleaning up their mess and until federal, state and local agencies do their part to monitor and contain the spill and protect public safety,” Schauer wrote in a statement. “In a disaster like this after extremely heavy rainfalls, every minute counts. My goal is to make sure there is an accurate assessment of the spill and that every necessary resource is brought to bear to contain the spill and minimize its impact.”

Jackson Cit Pat <http://blog.mlive.com/jackson-politics/2010/07/post_2.html>
Michigan’s 7th is a highly competitive district.  Schauer is in the fight of his life this year against former Representative Tim Walberg.  It appears that the oil companies have just delivered Schauer a major campaign issue.
Channel 7 in Detroit is reporting that this is the “Worst oil spill in Midwest history.”
WXYZ/Detroit <http://www.wxyz.com/>
Senator Carl Levin has released a statement on the spill:

“I am deeply concerned about the effects of the oil spill near Marshall, including the environmental impact and the disruption to residents and businesses. It is also deeply worrisome that the oil from the spill has made its way into the Kalamazoo River.
“My office has been in close contact with relevant federal agencies to make sure that those carrying out the cleanup have all the resources they need to complete the cleanup job as quickly as possible.
“For now, the focus is on limiting the damage and cleaning up the oil. It is also vitally important that the company responsible for the spill bear the costs of cleanup and that it compensate anyone who has suffered damages related to the spill. I will continue to do all I can to ensure that both the cleanup and the compensation of victims are quick and effective.”

Levin on Spill <http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2010/07/sen_carl_levin_is_deeply_conce.html>
Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm has activated the state’s emergency operations center.  She is visiting the area and will address the spill during a speech tonight.
Lansing State Journal <http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20100727/NEWS01/307270014/0/special>
Map of spill’s movement along Kalamazoo River [via Lansing State Journal]:
Google Map: LSJ <http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/99999999/NEWS01/307270024/-1/special&amp;theme=BC_OILSPILL&amp;template=theme>
Governor Granholm has declared the areas impacted by the spill as state disaster areas.  Link to full text of declaration:
Calhoun Disaster Declaration <http://www.michigan.gov/gov/0,1607,7-168-21975-241302–,00.html>

Tags: oil <http://www.dailykos.com/tag/oil> , Michigan <http://www.dailykos.com/tag/Michigan> , tar sands <http://www.dailykos.com/tag/tar%20sands> , Kalamazoo River <http://www.dailykos.com/tag/Kalamazoo%20River> , Marshall <http://www.dailykos.com/tag/Marshall> , Mark Schauer <http://www.dailykos.com/tag/Mark%20Schauer> , Tim Walberg <http://www.dailykos.com/tag/Tim%20Walberg> , MI-07 <http://www.dailykos.com/tag/MI-07> (all tags <http://www.dailykos.com/tag> ) :: Previous Tag Versions <http://www.dailykos.com/tag_version/2010/7/27/1795/18481>
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  1. The Destructionist says:

    On Monday night (July 26) an oil pipeline – owned by Enbridge Energy Inc. – burst and spilled over 1,000,000+ gallons of crude into the Kalamazoo River near Battle Creek, Michigan. Michiganders are scrambling to stop the flow from getting into Lake Michigan, but I fear their efforts are in vain.

    According to the latest local news reports, it seems that Enbridge was slow to react to the emergency, while under reporting the actual amount of oil that was leaked into the river. Since Monday, the situation has grown even worse. Birds and other animal wildlife, coated with oil, have been found. People living along the river have been warned to evacuate the area along the river way and not to drink their well water for fear of contamination.

    1,000,000+ gallons of oil may not sound like much to some, considering the amount of oil now floating just underwater in the Gulf of Mexico, but in such a confined area – like the Kalamazoo River – that amount is devastating. As the oil continues to flow west, it will soon reach Lake Michigan, affecting the drinking water of millions of people, killing all wildlife, and despoiling the true beauty of the great lake.

    I’m really starting to believe that corporations don’t give a damn about anything other than their profits. As I stated in one of my previous blog posts (Who Put Corporations in Charge?), “…what good is money, after all, if you don’t have air to breathe, water to drink, or food to eat without fear of contamination?”

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