Enbridge gets OK for some Mich. dredging activity

COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A pipeline company responsible for an oil spill three years ago in southwestern Michigan has received approval for some dredging activity as part of the cleanup.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports the Comstock Township planning commission voted Thursday night to approve Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge Inc.’s site plan.

The Kalamazoo County site south of Morrow Lake won’t house a dredge pad, as was intended, but instead will be used for the removal of “woody debris.” Chris Haux, operations manager for Enbridge, says that must be done to clear the river to complete dredging.

Earlier this month, Enbridge was denied a dredge pad permit.

More than 800,000 gallons spewed into the Kalamazoo River and a tributary creek after an underground pipeline running from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario, ruptured.