It has almost been five years, but Enbridge Energy and its affiliates will pay $75 million to settle a 2010 oil spill into Michigan’s Talmadge Creek and Kalamazoo River that dumped 800,000 gallons of oil, state officials said.
“The agreement will finalize cleanup and restoration requirements for areas affected by the spill,” that stemmed from an Enbridge owned and operated pipeline, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant said.
Wyant said there are parts in the settlement that account for projects that can help restore the river’s corridor to improve water quality and reestablish habitats.
The July 2010 spill affected 38 miles of Kalamazoo River as well as 4,435 acres (1,795 hectares) of shoreline, officials said.
Under the agreement, filed with a judge in Calhoun County Circuit Court, Enbridge must finish cleaning up any remaining oil within five years and pay the state’s costs in overseeing clean-up and restoration projects, Michigan officials said.
“We will continue our long-term presence in the area and will work in the best interests of the affected communities and river system,” Enbridge officials said. “This settlement embodies that commitment.”
Enbridge is Canada’s largest pipeline company.
Last month, Enbridge unveiled the start up of its $1.6 billion project to expand the affected line, known as Line 6B, to increase the capacity of Canadian crude that it can ship to refineries in Michigan and other areas. The line has been below capacity since the 2010 spill, then the largest on-shore oil spill in U.S. history.