Report Says Oil Spill Caused Illnesses

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A report says headaches, nausea and respiratory problems were the most common health ailments noted after an oil spill into a southern Michigan river.

The report released Tuesday says hospitals, doctors and other health care providers reported 145 patients after the July spill of more than 800,000 gallons from an Enbridge Inc. oil pipeline near Marshall.

The pipeline runs from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario.

There were no deaths, and all but one of the patients' medical outcomes were classified as minor, moderate or non-existent.

Door-to-door surveys of communities near Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River found 320 people self-reporting some symptoms.

The contamination affected about 25 miles of the creek and river.

The Michigan Department of Community Health and the Calhoun County Public Health Department released the report.


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