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BWL Spills Up To 300 Gallons Of Oil Into Grand River

Board Water and Light representatives are working with both the Department of Environmental Quality and EPA to figure out exactly how hundreds of gallons of oil wound up in the Grand River Sunday.

Our Nick Perreault spoke with those at the utility provider who say they are working to fix the issue, but some question how long it will take.

For Board Water and Light employees they are still applying ice to what's now a 48 hour black eye.

"The board water and light has a long tradition for being a steward for the environment here in Mid-Michigan including cleaning up this Grand River,

we want to make sure we clean it up right and make sure we have got all of it," said George Stojic Board Water and Light Executive Director of Strategic Planning & Development.

George Stojic from BWL says about 25 people have been monitoring the three booms set up to catch the 300 or so gallons of oil that spilled from the Eckert plant Sunday evening.

And over the next few days, Board Water and Light crews will be checking those three booms to make sure they are firm in place, but also to check the white disposable material that will collect the oil as it travels along the river.

"I visit about once a week," said Lansing Resident Daniel Balderas.

Daniel Balderas isn't happy the spill happened, but isn't blaming BWL just yet.

"The responsibility comes for it after the fact rather than the facts that lead up to it, sometimes seals break, stuff spills"

And Nic Clark wants from mi clean water action wants to make sure this is the last spill in Grand River.

"We're looking for a full investigative report, that will address how this spill happened, how we can prevent it from happening, and what are the impacts on not only public health, but environmental quality," said Director MI Clean Water Action.

Until that happens, Clark says he won't be completely satisfied.

And if that takes until summer BWL could face yet another black eye, this time from angry residents.


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Crews are working to contain about 300 to 500 gallons of hydraulic fluid that spilled into the Grand River in Lansing.

State Department of Environmental Quality spokesman Brad Wurfel said Tuesday that Lansing's Board of Water and Light has installed three booms across the river to contain the spill. One of those booms was at Cherry Hill Park right near the plant and one at the Adado Riverfront Park. Crews put a third one in the water Tuesday by the North Lansing Dam.

 Wurfel says the booms are inflated buoys with pads to absorb the fluid, which has left a sheen on the river's surface.



The spill started Sunday night, and authorities blame it on a gasket failure at the utility's Eckert Power Plant near downtown.


A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency crisis manager is on the scene. The utility says it's following standard cleanup procedures following the spill.

Wurfel says it's too soon to assess the spill's effects on the environment.

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