State Ramps up Response to Kalamazoo River Spill

Southern Michigan is learning that devastating oil spills aren't limited to the Gulf Coast. Crews were working Wednesday to clean up an estimated 877,000 gallons of oil that coated birds and fish as it poured from a pipeline leak into the Kalamazoo River. Governor Granholm toured the area by helicopter Tuesday night and said more resources are needed. The river eventually flows into Lake Michigan, but officials don't believe oil will seep that far. President Obama has pledged a swift response to requests for help. Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge Inc.'s affiliate Enbridge Energy Partners LP of Houston owns the pipeline. Its chief executive says “we're going to clean it up.” The pipeline carries about 8 million gallons of oil daily from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario. (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)