Shiawassee County oil spill cleanup bill could hit $250K

OWOSSO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – Officials believe it could cost up to $250,000 to clean up an oil spill that killed geese and polluted nearly 100 tons of earth in Shiawassee County.

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality analyst Susan Doty says as much as 1,000 gallons of used motor oil might have spilled into a county drain just west of the Shiawassee River. The Flint Journal and our media partners at MLive report that crews initially estimated the scope of the spill was about 300 gallons.

A hunter discovered the spill Nov. 26 in the county’s Miner Drain in Owosso Township.

The cause of the spill is still under investigation, but Doty says investigators have traced the oil to a nearby farm.

She says oil-soaking booms are still in place as crews enter the maintenance stage of the cleanup process.

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