Michigan Wildlife Struggles to Recover from Kalamazoo River Oil Spill

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The Enbridge oil spill in Michigan's Kalamazoo River near Talmadge Creek last year is said to be one of the worst environmental disasters in the Midwest. The spill galvanized a massive clean-up effort and has affected many varieties of local wildlife. The spill has other effects, too. A look at oil spill problems:

843,000: Gallons of crude oil that spilled from the Enbridge 6B pipeline and pumped into the Kalamazoo watershed in July 2010.

30: Miles of riverbanks coated with heavy oil from the spill.

33.9 million: Dollars the cost to the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up the spill. The EPA says Enbridge must repay all costs incurred.

766,288: Gallons of oil salvaged from the spill.

6 million: Gallons of oil and water that was disposed of.

144,942: Cubic yards of soil or debris that had to be discarded.

600: Gallons of oil found underwater.

500 to 700: EPA workers still on-site at the spill.

2,500: Workers assigned to the Kalamazoo River oil spill at its worst.

4,200: Turtles examined by Bob Doherty, an Enbridge-contracted scientist who is caring for wildlife injured and sickened by the oil.

1,500: Turtles cleaned.

30: Turtles too sick to return to the wild.

2,392: Claims filed against Enbridge by the one-year anniversary of the spill.

99: Unpaid, open cases. Enbridge initially promised to pay damages, but company representatives said they weren't liable and wouldn't pay all damage and health claims submitted.

10: Families compromised by the spill, that have not yet received settlements.

1: Raking of the Kalamazoo River oil spill from the Midwest's deadliest, most expensive and far-reaching.

Marilisa Kinney Sachteleben writes about issues, events, people and places in her native "Pure Michigan."

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