Unconventional spill

An accidental spill of extra-heavy crude oil points to some unusual challenges in safely getting this petroleum to market

By Sharon Oosthoek, 15:35 PM August 30, 2013

On July 26, 2010, people living along Talmadge Creek in Marshall, Mich., awoke to a sharp, sickening smell. Those who followed their noses to the creek witnessed an environmental horror.

 

The water flowed black and shiny. It coated turtles and waterfowl with a smelly goo. It transformed grasses and bushes along the banks from green to oily black.

 

Eyes watered and throats burned as people breathed in the fumes. Some developed headaches and felt sick to their stomachs.

 

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