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July 25, 2012

Contact: Maggie Kao, 202-675-2384

Sierra Club Marks the Two Year Anniversary of the Kalamazoo Tar Sands Disaster

Marshall, MI – Today marks the two year anniversary of the 2010 Kalamazoo tar sands disaster when an Enbridge-owned tar sands crude pipeline ruptured under Talmadge Creek, dumping almost a million gallons of toxic tar sands oil and poisoning nearly 40 miles of the Kalamazoo River. A recent federal investigation showed that Enbridge knew about damage to the pipeline five years before the disaster, and did nothing. The report also found gross incompetence on the part of Enbridge, which took hours to discover the leak, as well as lax government oversight and protections to prevent the disaster.

Sierra Club and a wide coalition of partners are holding events across the country today marking the anniversary and drawing attention to the dangers toxic tar sands pipelines.

The following is a statement from Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune:

“Two years after the nation’s most destructive onshore oil spill, the reasons why tar sands are not welcome in America keep stacking up: gross incompetence among pipeline companies, pipeline safety officials who are asleep on the job and the disastrous pollution of Americans’ water and air that has yet to be cleaned up.  

“The price of toxic tar sands is too high.  Just ask the Michigan families whose children were sickened and who now live in fear of the unknown, long-term health effects of exposure to toxic tar sands. Tar sands crude is too destructive and our water, air and the health of our families are far too precious to leave in the hands of oil companies like Enbridge and TransCanada.”