EPA Response to Enbridge Spill in Michigan

On July 26, 2010, a 30-inch pipeline belonging to Enbridge Inc. ruptured near Marshall, Michigan and contaminated Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River with hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude oil. EPA ordered Enbridge to dredge submerged oil and oil-contaminated sediment from the Kalamazoo River. From 2010 to 2014 over 1.2 million gallons of oil were recovered from the river.

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July 20, 2016 - Settlement announced - EPA and the Department of Justice announced a settlement with Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership and several related Enbridge companies to resolve claims stemming from its 2010 oil spills in Marshall, Mich. and Romeoville, Ill.

Enbridge has agreed to spend at least $110 million on a series of measures to prevent spills and improve operations across nearly 2,000 miles of its pipeline system in the Great Lakes region.

Enbridge will also pay civil penalties totaling $62 million for Clean Water Act violations -- $61 million for discharging at least 20,082 barrels of oil in Marshall and $1 million for discharging at least 6,427 barrels of oil in Romeoville.

April 2016 - EPA issues Final On-Scene Coordinator Desk Report for the Enbridge Oil Spill

This report covers the period from mobilization of the first On-Scene Coordinator from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on July 26, 2010 through the cessation of field activities as directed by the Agency on November 18, 2014. (In fall 2014 EPA determined that Enbridge had completed all of the prescribed actions, and transitioned the site to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.)