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Demonstrators Protest Enbridge's Use of "Tar Sand" Oil

     Enbridge has seen its fair share of protestors. This afternoon in Calhoun County, where the international energy company has an office building,  the message on protestors minds –stop   using dilluted bitumen, more commonly known tar sand oil.

"We're here because tar sands is the lowest quality crude on the planet, and it's trashing it at a lot quicker rate than regular oil," said Valerie Blakely, protest organizer.      

But Enbridge Spokesman Jason Manshum says many people don't understand what the substance is. He says even the term tar sand oil is misleading.

"The term tar sands is a misnomer. That is a slang term. There is no tar, there's never been tar in it," Manshum said, "It is a normal crude oil it's just a different type. so no it is not more environmentally damaging."

Environmental issues weren't the only beef protestors had with Enbridge.

Jeff Heppler's small business, located on the banks of the Kalamazoo river, took a turn for the worst after Enbridge's massive oil spill in 2010.

"I admit Enbridge did step up and compensate us for the first three months of losses. the next year our business was way down," said Heppler.

He says it still hasn't recovered.

"Alls I'm asking is step up and do what you said you were going to do, and do what's right," Heppler said.

Despite what Manshum says, protestors believe Enbridge is doing more harm than good, and they're not giving up on their efforts 

"This is just the beginning, we're not going anywhere and we're geared up for the long hall," said Blakely.

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