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June 16, 2022: Thousands of Gallons of Oil Spilled into Michigan River

Multiple agencies have responded to a massive oil spill in Michigan’s Flint River. A call was placed to the state hotline at 8:15 on Wednesday morning that alerted authorities to the spill.
A spokeswoman for  Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy said the spill appears to be around five miles long. The exact product spilled is unknown but authorities suspect it to be several thousand gallons of motor oil. EGLE states they were able to identify a potential source but the investigation is ongoing. No additional information about the cause has been released.
Scott McBrearty, coordinator of the Oil & Water Don’t Mix campaign to shut down Line 5, said “For the second time in one week, we have infrastructure that has been called safe and has failed, leaking oil into our waterways and we know it’s not going to be able to be fully cleaned up. No oil spill has ever been fully cleaned up.”

Thousands of gallons of oil-based material spilled into Flint River

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