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Enbridge Oil Spill Cleanup To Take Years

MARSHALL, Mich. (WLNS)- It has been three years since 800,000 gallons of oil spilled from an Enbridge pipeline into the Kalamazoo river. Though the booms might not be up everywhere, it doesn't mean there isn't work left to be done.

"Now we're doing soil samples, sediment collection and ground water sample collection to be able to evaluate what impacts remain," said DEQ Project Manager Mark DuCharme.

Mark DuCharme with the DEQ says a massive clean up has been a difficult process over the last three years, because the water levels were at flood stage when that pipeline erupted.

"The river flooded up out of the banks, into the flood plain and extended out into people's properties," DuCharme said.

"It's a very lengthy process to collect these soil samples and get them analyzed and sit down and interpret the data."

Dumping hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo river and onto people's yards.

DuCharme says new technology has helped, but the cleanup is far from over and he estimates that it will take years before the project is completed.

"You have no other choice but to be ok with it," said Homeowner Dave Gallagher.

Though his home wasn't affected by the spill, Gallagher says he's concerned about the water quality and safety of the two pipes he has in his backyard.

"The products that they're pushing through these pipelines with the tarsan soil, it's difficult to clean it up," Gallagher said.

With talk of Enbridge possibly building a third line, 12 feet from his door, he's worried about his neighbors.

"It might be the only spill in this area, but it's not going to be the only oil spill that's every happened, they're going to continue to get worse, the pipelines are aging."

Which means at best for those that live nearby, the future is a murky and uncertain one at best.

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