The Enbridge pipeline leak that put about a million gallons of oil into Talmadge Creek, and subsequently, the Kalamazoo River, continues to threaten wildlife, habitat, and people in Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties in SW Michigan
Calhoun county officials have called for the evacuation of homes along the affected stretch of the Kalamazoo River. Citing the potentially health-threatening effects of breathing benzene fumes produced by the oil as it travels downstream, and any physical contact with the crude along the banks, health officials are visiting affected homeowners to encourage them to leave the areas near the river.
Some reports are coming in that oil has passed over the Morrow Dam, the site picked by emergency response agencies as the best place for a line of defense to keep the oil from moving downstream. Comstock High School has been designated as an emergency shelter for those who must leave their homes due to fumes or threats of oil inundation of their property.
Pipeline owner Enbridge, has established a hotline at: 800-306-6837, or in Calhoun county, call Hands On BC, at 1-800-250-5628 to volunteer / donate items. In Kalamazoo county, call 211 for volunteer service line, And see their information at www.handsonbc.org.