Enbridge ordered to expand cleanup on Kalamazoo River

More work is needed in Michigan's Kalamazoo River to clean up oil from an Enbridge pipeline spill in July 2010, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

An estimated 3 million litres of oil spilled into the river in summer of 2010

Crews clean up oil from a ruptured pipeline owned by Enbridge near booms and absorbent materials where Talmadge Creek meets the Kalamazoo River in Marshall Township, Mich., in July 2010. (Paul Sancya/AP)

More work is needed in Michigan's Kalamazoo River to clean up oil from an Enbridge pipeline spill in July 2010, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

It was estimated at the time that three million litres of oil spilled into a creek that flows into the Kalamazoo River after a 30-inch pipeline ruptured near Marshall, Mich.

Heavy rains caused the river to overtop existing dams and carried oil roughly 50 kilometres downstream polluting the waters and coating various fish and wildlife before the spill was contained.

The EPA says more cleanup is needed in three locations: upstream of Ceresco Dam, upstream of the Battle Creek Dam  in the Mill Ponds area, and in the delta upstream of Morrow Lake.

Prior orders from the EPA directing Enbridge to complete other cleanup and restoration work in the Kalamazoo River system are still in effect.