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Water Advisory Issued, Evacuations Recommended in Calhoun County Near River
http://www.fox17online.com ^ | 7-29-2010 | Staff

Posted on 07/29/2010 5:11:58 PM PDT by Whenifhow

MARSHALL - Due to higher than acceptable levels of Benzene in the air, the Calhoun County Health Department is recommending the immediate evacuation of the residents who live on, in, and around the Kalamazoo River Oil Spill.

This area has approximately 30 to 50 homes North and Northwest of the spill site.

Benzene is a chemically commonly found in crude oil.

According to the health department, It is a colorless, or light-yellow liquid at room temperature. It has a sweet odor, and is highly flammable.

People who breathe it in may develop drowsiness, dizziness, irregular heartbeat, headaches, tremors, confusion or unconsciousness.

Benzene exposure can also have extremely harmful long-term effects.

Plus, the Health Department has issued a water advisory for that same area. Residents who are affected include people with private wells within 200 feet from the edge of the river bank between Talmadge Creek west along the Kalamazoo River to the Kalamazoo County line. Residents are advised to stop using water for cooking and drinking. At this time, water tests have not shown any contamination of ground water, so this water advisory is precautionary. Bottled water has been made available to affected residents.

Meantime, a representative of the Environmental Protection Agency doesn't believe pollutants from the Marshall oil spill will enter Lake Michigan. Meanwhile, there is conflicting information about the spill ending up in Morrow Lake.

Governor Jennifer Granholm said in a conference call with the media that an oil sheen has been spotted on Morrow Lake. After a flyover Wednesday, Tom Sands, the Deputy State Director for Emergency Management and Homeland Security, said he also saw oil in Morrow Lake. But officials with the EPA were saying that was not the case as of Wednesday night.

The Environmental Protection Agency says it believes more than one million gallons of oil may have leaked this week into the waterway that leads to Lake Michigan. The estimate reported Wednesday night from the EPA exceeds earlier estimates of about 819,000 gallons from Enbridge, the company responsible for the spill into Talmadge Creek, which runs into the Kalamazoo River, .

At a news conference, representatives of Enbridge, the EPA, Calhoun County, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service met with reporters. Enridge is the Canadian energy delivery company whose pipeline broke, resulting in the spill.

"We've made significant progress," said Enbridge CEO Patrick Daniel, "but we have a long way to go." He said efforts to determine the source and cause of the spill have begun, but it may be weeks before a final determination is made.

The group said the public can call one number 24 hours a day to address any concerns about health, wildlife, or safety, or to volunteer to help cleanup efforts: 800-306-6837.

When asked about reports that Enbridge delayed reporting the spill to the National Response Center, Enbridge CEO Patrick Daniel and Executive Vice President Steve Wuori said the report was "as immediate as it could be." Companies are required to report such spills within two hours, but Enbridge said their employee was put on hold for 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, the number of people working on fighting the spill has been doubled, and excavation of the pipeline is proceeding in an effort to find the source and cause of the spill, the executives said. More than 40 people from the EPA, U.S. Coast Guard, and environmental consultants are serving as coordinators in addition to Enbridge personnel and workers from Calhoun and Kalamazoo Counties.

In fighting the flow of the oil in the Kalamazoo River and keeping it from Lake Michigan, weather is a concern. The forecast for late Wednesday called for storms, and the river is already flowing higher and faster than normal due to recent rains. Booms have been placed in 10 new sites, totaling 45,000 feet of boom. The last boom is being placed in Morrow Lake, just west of Galesburg in Kalamazoo County.

Calhoun County health officer Jim Rutherford expressed concern about people having direct contact with the oil. The Kalamazoo River has been completely closed to the public for swimming, boating, and fishing. A Michigan State Police helicopter will be used to determine, if possible, how far the oil has traveled down the river.

Teams from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are collecting live and dead wildlife, said Lisa Williams, a contaminant specialist with the Service.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: benzene; coastguard; evacuation; oilspill
Evacuation area

http://www.calhouncountymi.org/ReferenceDesk/Forms/CCPHD_Enbridge_Oil_Spill_AirResults_MapA_20100728_Evacuation.pdf

Video on the page and if you let the video cycle through the second video is this one - at 1:40 seconds mentions benzene and at 2:05 mentions long term exposure after 3 days.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92Spggl4REA&feature=player_embedded

1 posted on 07/29/2010 5:12:02 PM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: Whenifhow

Evacuation area

http://www.calhouncountymi.org/ReferenceDesk/Forms/CCPHD_Enbridge_Oil_Spill_AirResults_MapA_20100728_Evacuation.pdf

Video on the page and if you let the video cycle through the second video is this one - at 1:40 seconds mentions benzene and at 2:05 mentions long term exposure after 3 days.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92Spggl4REA&feature=player_embedded


2 posted on 07/29/2010 5:12:36 PM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: Whenifhow

Michigan Oil Spill Prompts Evacuations, Finger-Pointing

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703578104575397613818891740.html?mod=googlenews_wsj


3 posted on 07/29/2010 5:13:48 PM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: Whenifhow

Sis lives in Marshall and niece works with emergency depts. So far they just have burning eyes.

Thanks for the news.


4 posted on 07/29/2010 5:15:14 PM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: Whenifhow
In the South, during the period of the Civil War, we used benzine fueled lamps for lighting. I guess Whale oil was scarce at that time. Many people died from diseases caused from breathing the fumes from its combustion. Nasty stuff.

LLS

5 posted on 07/29/2010 5:17:32 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer ( WOLVERINES!)
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To: Whenifhow

Of course the lamestream media were chirping crickets on this one too...


6 posted on 07/29/2010 5:41:29 PM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: Whenifhow

Shouldn’t the title be EVACUATION ORDERED instead of water advisory?


7 posted on 07/29/2010 5:42:29 PM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: Freddd

There’s no need for the media to spread a bunch of irrational panic over it. There are dozens of dams on the Kalamazoo river that will help contain it and it will be cleaned up pretty quickly.

About 6 years ago there was a gasoline pipeline rupture in Jackson the next county over that was probably a whole lot more dangerous.


8 posted on 07/29/2010 6:03:20 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Whenifhow

Its threads like this that make the search function most popular.

I traditionally cruise the forums by using the latest posts button, but I am getting a picture that its also a unique way for people to hide breaking news in the FR page format, fill up the headers with crap banners of killer maggots, steam ironed breasts, cyborg killer clown pit bulls and such National Enquirer type of threads.

And putting real news like this on the second page where it gets lost. Its whitewash Obama time coming up, can’t make the big Usurpator look bad with “oil problems”.


9 posted on 07/29/2010 10:38:22 PM PDT by Eye of Unk ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act" G.Orwell)
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