Residents mark 5-year anniversary of oil spill in Kalamazoo River

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Kalamazoo River - 2013

Kalamazoo River – 2013

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Saturday marks the five-year anniversary of an Enbridge pipeline rupturing and spilling thousands of gallons of toxic oil into the Kalamazoo River.

Local groups will recognize the day by gathering along the river for a “Healing Walk” to learn about the impact the spill had on communities along the river by visiting residents who experienced the spill first-hand.

The spill went down as the nation’s largest—and one of the costliest— tar sands oil spill in history.

Marking the anniversary, Enbridge representatives told FOX 17 on Friday the event served as a wake-up call the company won’t forget. Adding the disaster influences how it operates today.

Enbridge spent millions of dollars on cleaning up the spill, a task that wasn’t completed until the fall of 2014.

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