Nofs urges complete and coordinated response to oil leak

LANSING―Nearly 840,000 gallons of oil leaked into the Kalamazoo River in Marshall Township on Monday, and is spreading westward toward Lake Michigan. State Sen. Mike Nofs has been in contact with authorities who said area residents are strongly encouraged to keep clear of the river until the cleanup is completed.

“It is going to take nothing less than a full and coordinated effort to make sure the cleanup of this oil leak is thorough and complete,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “I have been in contact with state and local authorities and representatives with the federal Environmental Protection Agency, who are testing air and water quality every hour. I have also spoken with representatives from Enbridge Energy Partners, and the company has taken total responsibility for the spill and its cleanup. The full resources of my office are being deployed to assist in any way possible as we work together to cleanup the damage from this leak.

“This will not be an easy process and will likely take some time, but we will make sure it is done and done right.”

Nofs said residents should contact Enbridge Energy Partners with spill-related concerns at 800-306-6837, or Focus Wildlife at 800-214-9337.