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.

More from MLive: Oil spill leaves dead animals, possible $250,000 cleanup bill

We welcome thoughts and comments from our viewers. We ask that everyone keep their remarks civil and respectful. Postings that contain profanity, racist, or potentially libelous remarks will be deleted. We will delete any commercial postings, as well.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s