Michigan Brewery Sues Over Oil Spill Cleanup Dredging Plan

July 25, 2013

A brewery in Michigan 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 has 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 a dredge pad and other 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 said the company would comment later.

Latest Comments

  • July 25, 2013 at 3:19 pm
    Alwasy Amazed says:
    Frenkenmuth has some pretty good brews too.
  • July 25, 2013 at 3:15 pm
    youngin' says:
    There will be riots if production of Two Hearted Ale is interrupted.
  • July 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm
    producer #1 says:
    MMMMmmmm I love Bell's Beer. Yummy. Oberon is the best summer beer ever.
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