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CALL IN CORRECTION: EPA, State and Local Officials Hold Media Briefing on Enbridge Oil Spill

Release Date: 07/29/2010
Contact Information: press@epa.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. 10-OPA81

MARSHALL, MICH. (July 29, 2010) – On behalf of the Unified Command, the Environmental Protection Agency officials, along with Michigan state and county officials will hold a media briefing regarding the Unified Command's ongoing response to the Enbridge oil spill in Michigan’s Kalamazoo River.

Officials with Enbridge will brief the media immediately following the government briefing in the same location.

3:00 PM ET GOVERNMENT PRESS BRIEFING ON ONGOING RESPONSE TO ENBRIDGE OIL SPILL
McCamly Plaza Hotel
50 Capital St SW
Branson Room
Battle Creek, MI

For members of the media who need to call in, please dial:
866-383-7989 (617-597-5328 /international).
Participant passcode: 63136867

IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING ENBRIDGE MEDIA BRIEFING
McCamly Plaza Hotel
50 Capital St SW
Branson Room
Battle Creek, MI

On Monday, July 26, a 30 inch pipeline belonging to Enbridge Inc. burst in Marshall, Mich., releasing hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude oil into Talmadge Creek, a waterway that feeds the Kalamazoo River. The spill has affected up to 25 miles of the Kalamazoo River. The spill site, located between Marshall and Battle Creek, includes marshlands, residential areas, farmland and businesses.

While the oil leak has stopped, there is more work to be done. EPA believes over a million gallons of oil may have leaked into the river. The Kalamazoo River is a fast-moving river and EPA's and the Unified Command's focus right now is on preventing oil from the Enbridge spill from affecting sensitive shorelines and, ultimately, keeping the oil out of Lake Michigan.

EPA has the role of Federal On-Scene Coordinator for this incident.

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