Company Buys Dam Along Kalamazoo River

By: AP
By: AP

CERESCO, Mich. (AP) -- A pipeline company responsible for an oil spill three years ago in southwestern Michigan has purchased a dam along the Kalamazoo River and plans to remove nearly half of the structure.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge Inc. plans to remove part of Ceresco Dam and add greenspace along the river by spring 2014. The plans were discussed Thursday at a community meeting.

Enbridge was approached by the state Department of Natural Resources this year to purchase the dam as the company began preparations to fulfill an order by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for additional dredging to clean up the river.

More than 800,000 gallons of oil spewed into the river and a tributary creek after an underground pipeline from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario, ruptured.

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