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Health Concerns After the Oil Spill (Part 2)

Health Concerns After the Oil Spill (Part 2)

The Kalamazoo River on July 30, 2010, after the Enbridge pipeline broke. (Photo courtesy of the State of Michigan)

Host: Rebecca Williams
Show date: 04/14/2011

Waiting to find out if there are long term health effects from the Enbridge oil spill...

This is the Environment Report. I’m Rebecca Williams.

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.

“I think I can sum it up in one word and that is nightmare.”

Deb Miller lives just 50 feet from the Kalamazoo River.

“The smell, I don’t even know how to describe the smell, there are no words. You could not be outside.”

Miller and her husband Ken own a carpet store. It’s right above the Ceresco Dam, about 20 feet from the River. So she couldn’t escape the oil spill by going to the store.

“The headaches were just absolutely intense, watering eyes. The cough, it was chronic.”

She says the daily headaches and coughing lasted for months.

And many of her neighbors felt the same way.

Part 1 of this series

The Michigan Dept of Community Health report

The NRDC report


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