Federal regulators say a company shut down a Michigan pipeline for planned maintenance hours before 911 calls about odors in the area where a massive oil spill was reported the next day.
National Transportation Safety Board officials told reporters Monday that Enbridge Inc. shut down its Calhoun County oil pipeline about 6 p.m. July 25. About three hours later, calls started coming in about gas odors in the Marshall area.
The reptiles, mammals and birds rescued from an oil spill in a southern Michigan river are starting to find new homes.
Two rehabilitated soft-shell turtles are scheduled Monday to go to their new home at Binder Park Zoo in Calhoun County. The turtles were recovered by crews working to clean up last week's oil spill on the Kalamazoo River.
A public interest law firm is preparing to file a lawsuit against the Canadian owners of a pipeline that ruptured and leaked hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River.
AUDIO: The Great Lakes Environmental Law Center in Detroit sent a legally required formal notice to Enbridge Incorporated of its intentions to sue. The notice says the citizen lawsuit seeks damages under the federal Clean Water Act.
Primary elections in Michigan are Tuesday. As the Michigan Public Radio Network's Laura Weber reports, outside groups interested in the outcome of the elections may have actually outspent the candidates in the closing weeks of the campaign.