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:
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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