Oil Spill News and Updates

  • Talmadge Creek and Kalamazoo River Oil Spill

    The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) is responsible for ensuring the complete investigation of residual effects of the July 2010 oil spill near Marshall, Michigan, along with long-term remediation and restoration of affected areas to meet state law requirements.  Since the release of heavy crude oil from Line 6B of Enbridge Energy's Lakehead pipeline system, EGLE has partnered with the US-EPA in overseeing early response efforts, including the containment and removal of oil from Michigan's environment.  EGLE and its sister agency, the Department of Natural Resources, are also Natural Resource Trustees (along with the Michigan Department of Attorney General) designated by Governor Snyder to participate in a Trustee Council which includes federal and tribal  representatives with an interest in ensuring that Enbridge Energy returns the Talmadge Creek and Kalamazoo River ecosystems to pre-spill conditions.

    On May 13, 2015, a Consent Judgment was entered by the Calhoun County Circuit Court.  The Consent Judgment includes settlement terms that assure Enbridge’s full compliance with state law requirements, including certain compensation to the state of Michigan.

    This page can be accessed as www.mi.gov/oilspill.