While Lake Michigan is still some 70+ miles away from the current front of the spill, with the barriers the oil has already breached, the company and State of Michigan should be planning days ahead to stop this before it impacts one of the largest bodies of fresh water in the world. For the third straight day, Enbridge had claimed they were bringing in additional manpower and equipment over the previous day, something that tells me either they aren't being truthful or they're realizing the scope is getting worse.
According to an
Associated Press story, "in 2007, two spills released about 200,000 gallons of crude in northern Wisconsin as Enbridge was expanding a 320-mile pipeline. The company also was accused of violating Wisconsin permits designed to protect water quality during work in and around wetlands, rivers and streams, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said. The violations came during construction of a 321-mile, $2 billion oil pipeline across that state. Enbridge agreed to pay $1.1 million in 2009."
I have a feeling this company needs to have the unfortunate incident of this in their backyard- until then they will not understand the importance and speed that us Michigan residents want this cleaned up, or more importantly- stopped short of Lake Michigan- then cleaned up. It's not over yet- since oil has breached a "last stand" dam, there are two more dams before the oil could reach Lake Michigan. I haven't lost hope yet... but it certainly seems to be fading.