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Update from Marshall, Michigan, Enbridge Oil Spill Response
Midwest Region, July 26, 2010
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Wildlife operations.
Wildlife operations. - Photo Credit: Michigan DNR
Wildlife operations.
Wildlife operations. - Photo Credit: Michigan DNR
Wildlife operations.
Wildlife operations. - Photo Credit: Michigan DNR

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is actively participating in the response effort for the Enbridge oil spill, which began on Monday, July 26. Enbridge estimates that more than 800,000 gallons of crude oil leaked into Talmadge Creek, extending 30 miles down the Kalamazoo River in Southwestern, Michigan. As of today, more than 99,000 feet of boom has been deployed. The USFWS role is to provide technical assistance to the Unified Incident Command, and collect evidence for the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), which analyzes the overall damage to natural resources in order for the public resources to be compensated by the responsible party, Enbridge.

A wildlife rehabilitation center in Marshall, Mich. has been established to stabilize and rehabilitate oiled wildlife that is being rescued by trained wildlife responders.

Today's Wildlife Numbers:
130 animals are currently in care at the rehabilitation center including:
64 Canada Geese
12 Mallards
2 Domestic Geese
2 Mute Swans
1 Red Wing Blackbird
5 Muskrats
42 Turtles

5 softshell turtles were released on Monday into their natural wetland habitat, away from the spill site. See the video here:
 


Contact Info: Ashley Spratt, 805-644-1766 ext. 369, ashley_spratt@fws.gov



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