Oil spills into Michigan river after pipeline leak
Clean-up officials Tuesday were working to limit the damage from an oil spill of nearly 20,000 barrels that flowed into a river in the state of Michigan, dpa reported.
The leak into Kalamazoo River on Monday stemmed from a pipeline that carries nearly 200,000 barrels of oil per day between the US state of Illinois and Ontario, Canada.
The pipeline was quickly shut down and the leak stopped, according to Enbridge Energy Partners, which runs the pipeline. Skimming vessels, containment boom and clean-up crews have been sent to the area.
Carl Levin, a US senator from Michigan, in a statement Tuesday said the focus was now on "limiting the damage" and ensuring local officials had all the resources they needed for the clean-up.
The spill comes on the heels of the massive BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, where up to 60,000 barrels of oil leaked daily for nearly three months from a ruptured oil well.