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Five-Year Anniversary of Kalamazoo Spill Reminds Us of the Dangers Tar Sands Present to Our Communities


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Five-Year Anniversary of Kalamazoo Spill Reminds Us of the Dangers Tar Sands Present to Our Communities

Jennifer Skene

Five years ago, on July 25, 2010, an estimated 843,000 gallons of tar sands oil spilled from an Enbridge-owned pipeline into the Kalamazoo River watershed in Calhoun County, Michigan. The tar sands spill forced residents out of their homes and caused extensive health impacts. Meanwhile, because it is heavier than conventional crude, much of the spilled tar sands oil sank, leading to a four-year effort that became the costliest inland oil spill cleanup in U.S. history.