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It’s been a year since a pipeline owned by Canadian company Enbridge Energy ruptured, spilling more than 843,000 gallons of tar sands oil into Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River. In this three part series, we explore what life is like now for people who live near the river, what the spill might mean for the health of wildlife and the ecosystem, and the status of lawsuits and claims filed against Enbridge.

Life on the River (Part 1)

Many people have left the area, but for those who have stayed, life has not returned to normal.


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Oil and Wildlife (Part 2)

The company is still cleaning oil out of the Kalamazoo River. Several thousand oiled turtles, birds and mammals were captured and rehabilitated over the past year, but many questions remain about the long term health of wildlife in the river.

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Suing Enbridge (Part 3)

We look at the status of lawsuits and claims filed against Enbridge. In the past year, more than 2,000 claims for damages have been filed with Enbridge, and many people have sold their homes to the energy company.


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We’ve been reporting on tar sands oil and the oil spill cleanup throughout the year. Here are our stories:

Tar Sands Oil & Michigan Pipelines (Part 1)

The pipeline break that spilled more than 840,000 gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River last summer is still being cleaned up. It has left some Michigan residents with questions about the safety of sending heavy crude oil through those lines.

Transporting Tar Sands Oil

The Enbridge pipeline that broke and spilled into the Kalamazoo River last summer was carrying raw tar sands oil. In part two of our series on regulating pipelines, Julie Grant looks at the transport of tar sands oil from Alberta.

Forum on Pipeline Safety

The people who operate oil and gas pipelines – and the people who regulate them – met in Washington D.C. yesterday.

Oil Lingers in Kalamazoo River (Part 1)

Crews are still cleaning up from last July’s oil spill in the Kalamazoo River. An oil pipeline owned by Enbridge Energy Partners ruptured... and spilled more than 840,000 gallons of heavy crude. The oil polluted Talmadge Creek and more than 30 miles of the Kalamazoo River.

Health Concerns After the Oil Spill (Part 2)

Until last July, many people in Marshall had no idea an oil pipeline owned by Enbridge Energy Partners ran underneath their town. Then, it broke. More than 840,000 gallons of thick, black oil from the Canadian tar sands poured into the Kalamazoo River.

New Report on Oil & Gas Pipelines

The Anglers of the Au Sable has a new report that details the group’s concerns over oil and gas pipelines in northern Michigan. They’re especially worried about protecting the Au Sable and Manistee Rivers.

Report: Tar Sands Oil Boosts Pipeline Risks

An oil pipeline owned by Enbridge Energy Partners broke last summer. It spilled more than 800,000 gallons of crude oil into the Kalamazoo River. A new report warns a corrosive type of oil flowing through pipelines in Michigan might lead to more spills.

Oil Spill’s Effect on Turtles and Toads

We hear about recovery efforts for thousands of oiled turtles, and what might’ve happened to amphibians in the oil spill.

Cleaning up the Enbridge Oil Spill

It’s been more than a month since an estimated 800,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into the Kalamazoo River. Enbridge Energy Partners, the company responsible for the pipeline leak, says it has cleaned up about 700,000 gallons of that oil.

Rehab for Oil-Covered Animals

A lot of birds and animals can get caught up in one million gallons of crude oil. No one knows yet exactly how many birds, mammals, turtles, frogs and fish have been affected by the Kalamazoo oil spill. But more than 90 animals have been brought into a wildlife rehab center in Marshall.

Oil Spilled While No One Reacted

One of the biggest oil spills ever in the Midwest. An underground pipeline that carries crude oil from Indiana to Ontario sprung a leak earlier this week.

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