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Dilbit Disaster

Dilbit disaster cleanup in Michigan
Once black with oil, the Kalamazoo River runs clear now. But EPA orders dredging and says it will be years before the spill's long-term effects are known.
The Kalamazoo River near Marshall, Mich. is a place of serenity these days. It ripples lazily past...
Jul 25, 2013 | Read More
Kayaks on the Kalamazoo River
Tests are being conducted to determine whether some of the oil that remains in the Kalamazoo River has been pushed into previously uncontaminated areas.
Heavy rain that pushed the Kalamazoo River over its banks last month is being factored into the...
May 29, 2013 | Read More
Oil spill cleanup along Talmadge Creek, June 2011.
A crucial number is removed, without explanation, from the EPA website that is tracking the cleanup of the 2010 dilbit spill Michigan’s Kalamazoo River.
A key piece of data related to the biggest tar sands oil spill in U.S. history has disappeared from...
May 6, 2013 | Read More
InsideClimate News Wins Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting
ICN is the third web-based news organization to win national reporting honors, and the smallest among a trio that includes ProPublica and Huffington Post.
InsideClimate News reporters Elizabeth McGowan, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer are the winners of...
Apr 15, 2013 | Read More
Oil cleanup on the Kalamazoo River.
Enbridge agrees to comply with EPA order to dredge Kalamazoo River. Final cleanup costs could top $1 billion.
If all goes well, the next oil removal operation on Michigan's Kalamazoo River will mark the...
Mar 27, 2013 | Read More
The Dilbit Disaster
Scientists say the 1.3 gallon spill in the lab tank omitted real-world factors that made dilbit sink in Michigan’s million-gallon Kalamazoo River spill.
A recent industry-backed study of diluted bitumen, the Canadian crude oil that would be shipped...
Mar 14, 2013 | Read More
Cleanup workers removing submerged oil.
EPA demands some dredging of Kalamazoo River, but the Canadian company responsible for the million gallon spill is objecting. Clean-up is in its 3rd year.
Two and a half years after the costliest oil pipeline spill in U.S. history, the company...
Jan 28, 2013 | Read More
Map of Northwestern Indiana with 6B river crossings.
Despite calls for extra protection for the vital watershed, Enbridge expects to have its final permits from Indiana to begin construction in May or June.
In the northwestern corner of Indiana a major pipeline project is planned that will carry vast...
Dec 27, 2012 | Read More
Syncrude oil sands mining operation in Alberta, Canada
Last year it was just a technical term known mainly by the oil industry. This year "dilbit" was at the center of the fight over the Keystone XL pipeline.
This was the year "dilbit" registered on the U.S. political and public radar in a major way....
Dec 27, 2012 | Read More
Protestor in support of Michael Bishop, who's challenging TransCanada in court.
After news broke that human error caused the Enbridge oil spill and fears spread over Keystone XL, pipeline safety moved into the mainstream.
Revelations that preventable safety lapses were behind Enbridge's disastrous oil spill in Michigan...
Dec 26, 2012 | Read More