"Oil Pipeline Leak Pollutes Major Michigan River"

"BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Crews were working Tuesday to contain and clean up more than 800,000 gallons of oil that poured into a creek and flowed into the Kalamazoo River in southern Michigan, coating birds and fish.

Authorities in Battle Creek and Emmett Township warned residents about the strong odor from the oil, which leaked Monday from a 30-inch pipeline that carries about 8 million gallons of oil per day from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario.

The cause of spill was under investigation. The oil spilled into the creek, which flows northwest into the river. The site is in Calhoun County's Marshall Township, about 60 miles southeast of Grand Rapids.

The Kalamazoo River eventually flows into Lake Michigan, but officials didn't expect the oil to reach the lake."

Tim Martin reports for the Associated Press July 27, 2010.

Source: AP, 07/28/2010