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Scientists assess impacts to mussel shells in Kalamazoo River.

Scientists assess impacts to mussel
shells in Kalamazoo River.
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Enbridge Must Restore Environment Injured by 2010 Kalamazoo River Oil Spill

On June 8, 2015, NOAA along with our fellow Trustees announced a natural resource damage settlement with Enbridge that will result in multiple resource restoration projects along the Kalamazoo River and will require Enbridge to pay an additional sum of nearly $4 million. The settlement addresses environmental injuries caused by the 2010 rupture of Enbridge's Line 6B pipeline in Michigan that resulted in one of the largest inland oil spills in United States history. Trustees arrived at the settlement in conjunction with a comprehensive settlement between the State of Michigan and Enbridge.

The settlement, was filed in federal court, provides funding to the Trustees to conduct natural resource restoration, reimburses agencies for assessment and restoration costs, and incorporates additional requirements from the state settlement for Enbridge to conduct restoration and monitoring.

Learn more about how this settlement will result in the Kalamazoo River restoration.

 


Scientists collect data on the potential impacts of the oil and response efforts to fish.

Scientists collect data on the
potential impacts of the oil
and response efforts to fish.
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NOAA Update on the Santa Barbara Oil Spill

June 8, 2015 - NOAA is continuing to respond to the oil spill that resulted from a pipeline break at Refugio State Beach, near Santa Barbara, California, on May 19, 2015. The pipeline break released approximately 21,000 gallons into the Pacific Ocean, threatening the rich marine resources along the Southern California coast.

NOAA has been providing overflight observations of the spill, and information on fate and effects of the crude oil. As part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment process we are establishing what species and parts of the environment have been exposed to oil or may be impacted by response activities. Field teams have documented dead fish, invertebrates and wildlife in the oiled areas, and collected dozens of samples of mussels, sand crabs, fish, water, and oil for future analysis.

 


Dolphins are seen swimming through the oil spilling from the Deepwater Horizon oil well at the height of the spill in 2010. (NOAA)

Dolphins are seen swimming
through the oil spilling from
the Deepwater Horizon oil well at
the height of the spill in 2010. (NOAA)

Latest NOAA Study Ties Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill to Spike in Gulf Dolphin Deaths

May 20, 2015 - Scientists have found more evidence connecting bottlenose dolphin deaths along the northern Gulf of Mexico to the same signs of illness found in animals exposed to petroleum products, as reported in the peer-reviewed online journal PLOS ONE. Linking to a non-federal government web site. This link does not imply endorsement.

This latest study uncovered that an unusually high number of dead Gulf dolphins had what are normally rare lesions on their lungs and hormone-producing adrenal glands. The timing, location, and nature of the lesions support that oil compounds from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill caused these lesions and contributed to the high numbers of dolphin deaths within this oil spill's footprint.

See NOAA's Press Release for more information.

 



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