Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 25, 2013

Brewery sues over oil spill cleanup plan


Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP (AP) — A brewery has sued over a plan for dredging sediments as part of the cleanup from the Kalamazoo River oil spill three years ago.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports Bell’s Brewery on Monday sued Enbridge Inc. and the developer of a commercial park in Kalamazoo County’s Comstock Township.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ordered Enbridge in March to do additional river dredging to remove more oil from bottomlands. More than 800,000 gallons were spilled when a company pipeline running from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario, ruptured in July 2010.

Enbridge installed equipment last month near the brewery’s production facility. The brewery’s complaint says dredging will release pollution, odors and hazardous substances and could harm Bell’s operations.

An Enbridge spokesman says the company is working to address the brewery’s concerns.