BATTLE CREEK, Mich. Michigans governor on Wednesday sharply criticized attempts to contain a large oil spill making its way down the Kalamazoo River after the company responsible for the spill said it had redoubled its efforts to clean up the mess.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm called on the federal government for more help, saying resources being marshaled by the federal Environmental Protection Agency and Enbridge Inc. are wholly inadequate. Enbridge has been working to clean up the spill since it said its pipeline in southern Michigan on Monday leaked more than 800,000 gallons of oil into Talmadge Creek, which runs into the Kalamazoo River.
Earlier Wednesday, Enbridge had said it was doubling the number of workers sent to help contain and clean the large spill. The EPA also was bringing in additional contractors, saying its working to ensure a swift and effective cleanup of the spill that it believes may be more than 1 million gallons.
EPA and other federal and state agencies mobilized immediately in response to this spill and have taken a series of steps to minimize the damage this spill does to the river and surrounding communities, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said.
The company did not immediately respond to Granholms statements.
Granholm warned of a tragedy of historic proportions if the oil reaches Lake Michigan still roughly 80 miles away from where oil has been seen as a state official who conducted a flyover reported oil had spread past a key point in the river upstream of Kalamazoo and was entering a PCB-laden Superfund site.