Morrow Lake a 'last stand' in preventing oil from spreading

3:02 PM, Jul 28, 2010   |    comments
  • Oil in Kalamazoo River west of Battle Creek. (Courtesy: Al Forist)
  • Oil on the Kalamazoo River west of Battle Creek. (Courtesy: Al Forist)
  • Oil on the Kalamazoo River west of Battle Creek. (Courtesy: Al Forist)
  • Oil on the Kalamazoo River west of Battle Creek. (Courtesy: Al Forist)
    
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GALESBURG, Mich. (WZZM) - A widening of the Kalamazoo River between Agusta and Kalamazoo is being called a "last stand" in the effort to prevent the flow of at least 877,000 gallons of oil from reaching Lake Michigan.

As of Wednesday, oil was spotted as far west as Fort Custer State Park in Kalamazoo County. That's just west of Battle Creek. Crews have deployed booms further west in the Kalamazoo River in hopes of stopping the spread of oil to Morrow Lake.

Authorities say if the oil reaches Morrow Lake and passes over the dam into Comstock, they will have fewer chances of keeping the oil out Kalamazoo, Plainwell, Otsego, Allegan, Saugatuck, and eventually Lake Michigan.

View map of Kalamazoo River, Morrow Lake

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