We acknowledge the impact the spill has had on the people of Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties. We understand that the leak disrupted people’s lives and made a mess of properties, public spaces and waterways.
The community and surrounding areas are our primary focus, and we have committed necessary resources to this effort. To date, we have had approximately 3,000 resident visits with our on-site staff, and we’ve received more than 11,500 calls to the Marshall information hotline. There are a number of community resources available to residents living in areas affected by the recent oil spill.
Air and Water Quality
In response to public concern, Enbridge has taken air, water and sediment samples along oil-affected waterways. Samples are collected to evaluate potential risks to public health and the environment. Each sample is collected and analyzed in accordance with the EPA-approved Enbridge Sampling and Analysis Plan. This information is shared with local, state and federal environmental and health agencies, which are overseeing Enbridge's actions. To date, more than 50,000 air samples have been taken and several thousand surface water and well samples have been taken. No spill-related well contamination has been detected, nor is there any indication of issues with city water. The latest sampling results are available in the Sampling Results section of this website.
On November 4, 2010, the Calhoun County Public Health Department rescinded its precautionary bottled water advisory, initially issued on July 29, 2010. A multi-agency committee reviewed information from a study on potential impacts of the released oil on groundwater. This study analyzed groundwater that could possibly be a source of drinking water. To date, the study and water sampling indicates no groundwater contamination has resulted from the pipeline release. Monitoring will be ongoing.
Enbridge is working with our primary contractor, Stantec Consulting, as well as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to manage the response to affected wildlife. Within two days of the spill, a temporary Wildlife Response Center was established in Marshall to accept and treat impacted wildlife. Under direction of the Unified Command, the Wildlife Branch has captured, cared for and released more than 4,600 animals. Learn more
Enbridge provided hotel rooms and related living expenses to individuals and families who temporarily evacuated their homes as a result of the voluntary evacuation order. These families have now returned as oil was removed from the river.