Residents Honor 5-Year Anniversary of Enbridge Oil Spill
Remembering the Nation's Largest Tar Sands Oil Spill into the Kalamazoo River
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Sunday marks five years since an Enbridge pipeline dumped more than a million gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River, resulting in the nation’s largest tar sands oil spill.
To honor this anniversary, Twin Ports residents held a water ceremony paying tribute to the Great Lakes, followed by a march to Congressman Rick Nolan and Senator Al Franken’s offices.
They delivered petitions calling attention to Enbridge’s use of the Alberta Clipper Pipeline that runs right through the Twin Ports.
“The Enbridge corporation has found a way, an illegal scheme we call it, to double the flow of oil through it. They’re doing this switch–a–roo at the Canadian border with the oil without strong environmental review,” explained Andrew Slade with the Minnesota Environmental Partnership.
After the march, a moment of silence was held to honor those that suffered through the spill.
Meanwhile, Enbridge released the following statement.
“In part, July 26, 2010 is a day no one at Enbridge will ever forget. It was one of the bleakest and most humbling chapters in our company’s 65–year history. The lessons learned on the Kalamazoo River have made us a better, safer company.”