As some, or most, of you may have heard, about 800,000 gallons of oil has spilled into the Kalamazoo River. The leak flowed down a creek into the river in Battle Creek. The news has hit nationwide and I just watched the NBC Nightly News segment showing the absolutely tarnished river.
As a Battle Creek native and a lifelong fisherman of the Kalamazoo River, I feel obligated to bitch for eternity on the internet about this irresponsibility displayed by another damned oil company (Enbridge Energy Partners - an associate of Canadian-based Enbridge). People from back home are complaining of the oil smell all across the city and you can probably kiss any worthwhile fishing goodbye for a good while.
I have a trip planned for back home next month and I was hoping to get some quality fishing time with the old man on the river I grew up fishing with him and his father. But no, some fucking asshole company has gone and ruined that for this year, and next, and who knows how long.
Seriously, do we put any regulations on these oil companies? Or do they just get a free pass as long as they're paying taxes and their stock is worth something? I'm so angry right now I'm almost in tears thinking of what my grandfather would say right about now. I'm pretty sure he'd be in Canada by now giving all hell to whoever is "running" this company.
I don't know what else to say, what do you guys think? Enbridge says they are confident that they'll be able to contain the oil before it hits Lake Michigan. They better hope they do or else a lot more people are going to be pissed.
On a useful note, I urge you to call 1-800-306-6837 if you are in the Battle Creek area and have time to help with the cleanup. I may help if possible when I come down next month. But for right now I'm going to write and email about 100 letters to this damned company explaining to them in as non-hateful way as I can the damage they have done.