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Occulus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-27-10 02:03 PM
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State of emergency declared as 800,000 gallons of leaked oil begins flowing through Kalamazoo County
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Edited on Tue Jul-27-10 02:09 PM by Occulus
AUGUSTA Kalamazoo County officials declared a state of emergency Tuesday afternoon as more than 800,000 gallons of oil released into a creek began making its way downstream in the Kalamazoo River.

I just came from Fort Custer and you can smell it now, Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Pali Matyas said. ... Its all rolling downhill and there are a lot of complications.

Matyas said police, local fire departments and local hazardous-materials companies are working to set up booms to trap the crude oil but workers are not able to use their trucks to remove oil from the water because high water levels have made the areas inaccessible to the vehicles.

Were racing against time here too because the weather is supposed to get pretty bad tomorrow, Matyas said.


Words fail me.

edit: if it gets that far, maybe they can set up booms in Kalamazoo proper. There are several points along the Kalamazoo River that are somewhat constrained in channels at bridges and the like.

Shitty thing to hope for, though. x(

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