Oil has spilled right here in Michigan, and the state is still reacting to the spill. Instead of trying to report on the story, I'll point you to a few people who are already doing that. Meanwhile, what do you think are the most important environmental justice questions around this spill? How much of justice comes from information--accurate, fast, and complete sharing of details of the spill? How can residents' concerns about their air and water be fairly addressed? And what about those who want to help animals covered in oil and are being told not to?
I'll start with a few informational links about the spill:
MLive/ Kalamazoo Gazette: Oil Spill Update
Detroit Free Press: Oil Spill Near Kalamazoo River Causes Stench, Mess
Todd Heywood of Michigan Messenger has several stories on the spill; here's one.
Environmental and other groups are using this opportunity to influence upcoming primary elections.The Michigan Environmental Council sent a message that included this opening paragraph:
The West Michigan oil disaster – more than 800,000 gallons spewed into the Kalamazoo River system – underscores the need for voters to elect state and federal lawmakers next week who are committed to adequately funding environmental protection. Voters should also favor candidates who support strong energy conservation and alternative fuels standards that lessen our dependence on imported oil.
Congressman Mark Schauer has been outspoken on the spill as well, issuing a statement that opens by saying "I am gravely concerned about this devastating oil spill that occurred here in Calhoun County."
And Governor Granholm has been tweeting about the spill, including warning would-be wildlife scrubbing volunteers to leave the cleaning of birds and mammals to those who are trained for these kinds of events.
She has also activated the State Emergency Operations Center " to ensure all state resources are readily available to protect public health and the environment in response to the oil spill" and shared the following: "Residents with concerns or who wish to report affected wildlife are encouraged to call 1-800-306-6837, which has been set up by Enbridge."
The Twitter hashtag for the spill is #riveroil
And in case you're wondering, at the time this piece was published, the Kalamazoo Oil Spill was quite a hot topic on google searches:
kalamazoo river oil spill
|13th most popular search in the past hour.|