|Are there restrictions on using the Kalamazoo River?||(top)|
The Kalamazoo River and Morrow Lake are now open for recreational use. Permitted recreational uses include boating, wading/swimming and fishing. Local and state officials, along with Enbridge, remind the general public to obey all signage and only use marked areas for accessing the river. Please do not trespass onto private property.
Working in conjunction with federal, state and local agencies, Enbridge has constructed 12 informational kiosks at various locations along the Kalamazoo River. These kiosks are designed to promote safe and legal access points to the river. Additionally, the kiosks will provide general information about the river, river conditions and the status of ongoing cleanup operations.
|When will the river reopen?||(top)|
Cleanup, under the direction of the U.S. EPA, has progressed to the point that the Kalamazoo River and Morrow Lake are now open for recreational use. The first section—nearly three miles near Perrin Dam (Marshall Public Works building) to Saylor’s Landing, a new public river access sites that Enbridge built for the community at 15 Mile Road and the Kalamazoo River—opened on April 18, 2012. The remaining portion opened on June 21, 2012.
Enbridge will continue to perform activities related to cleanup even with the river open, under the direction of the U.S. EPA and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The public may encounter ongoing work activities at several locations along the river. Locations with sediment traps, research equipment, or active work may have restricted access. Please use caution when recreating around these work zones.
|How has Enbridge compensated residents for damages and losses?||(top)|
|We have assembled a team of employees and claims representatives to address concerns and receive claims from those directly affected by the spill. Enbridge has worked closely with local residents from the outset to resolve claims, discuss work activity on specific properties and answer questions. We have resolved the majority of claims with those residents who are most affected, including those who own properties along Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River. Each claim is evaluated on an individual basis and on its own merits.|
Enbridge accepts responsibility for the costs related to emergency response or payment of claims that are a direct result of this incident. This includes legitimate medical expenses associated with the incident.
|What is the status of the Enbridge Property Purchase Program?||(top)|
|We developed the property purchase program in order to uphold market values in the area. We continue to evaluate our program on an ongoing basis to determine the best course of action for the Enbridge-owned properties without having a negative impact on the community. Program eligibility closed on July 26, 2011.|
Enbridge sold our first house on July 19, 2012 in the Marshall area.
|What should I do if I have health concerns related to the oil spill?||(top)|
|The health and safety of the communities affected by the spill on Line 6B are and will remain a priority to Enbridge. From the outset, we have worked closely with local, state and federal public health authorities to mitigate any health impacts related to the spill. We continue to look to public health authorities for their expert guidance to reduce and minimize the health impacts associated with this spill. If you have health concerns, please contact your doctor, the Calhoun County Public Health Department at (269) 969-6341, or the Kalamazoo County Health Department at (269) 373-5210.|
|What if I see oil in the river or on my property?||(top)|
|We continue to ask area residents to call the Enbridge hotline (800-306-6837) with questions or to report oil or sheen on their property.|
Reports of oil or sheen will be reviewed through a formal process set up by Enbridge, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the EPA.
Locations noted are analyzed to determine the best course of action and a team is dispatched to investigate. Once analysis of the location is complete, the three entities determine whether further work should be done immediately as part of operations & maintenance, or deferred to the remediation phase of the project.
Decisions about course of action will take into account what is best for the environment. There are some areas where it is best for the environment to do nothing, where methods applied to capture the product or remove staining will cause more environmental damage than the oil itself. These decisions are made by the EPA.
|What if I have more questions?||(top)|
Enbridge has a toll-free hotline in Marshall. We also have staff available to help answer questions. The hotline is staffed Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern.
Marshall Information Hotline