Ohio Train Chemical Disaster Reminds Kalamazoo Residents of the Enbridge Oil Spill
The recent train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio has now turned into a potential environmental disaster. Air quality all across the upper Midwest, and western New England is raising alarms after crews burned off a hazardous chemical on the trains, potentially creating acid rain.
What's maybe more concerning is the chemicals potentially spilling into local water supplies, which could potentially end up in the Ohio River - a major supplier of water to the region, and a large tributary into the Mississippi River. This spill into the river is reminding residents along the Kalamazoo River of the Enbridge Oil spill in 2010.
In 2010, an oil pipe running beneath Talmadge Creek - just east of Battle Creek - burst. Initially, crews said the spill wasn't that extensive, but upon further investigation, the oil - which was heavier than typical crude oil - had reached far down stream, and into the Kalamazoo River.
In all, more than a million gallons of "dilbit" oil had spilled into the river. And what is alarmingly similar to the East Palestine spill, is that the product spilled into the river, didn't float on top of the water... it sank to the bottom.
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Residents remember the oil spill as a major inconvenience - that is still being monitored and cleaned to this day.
At the time, the Kalamazoo River Oil Spill was the largest on-land spill in American History. And sadly, if the chemical spill in Ohio turns out to be even a fraction as bad as this spill, then areas along the river in Ohio, and further downstream, are in for a long haul for cleanup.