COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - The state has given Enbridge the green light to dredge a portion of Morrow Lake in Comstock Township.
In 2010, one of the company's pipelines burst, spilling 800,000 gallons of crude oil into the Kalamazoo River. Enbridge has been working to clean it up ever since.
The permit, approved Monday by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, gives Enbridge permission to dredge Morrow Lake -- the latest step in the cleanup effort. But the Canada-based company can't start until it finds a site for a dredge pad, which has been a point of controversy in Comstock Township.
Last week, the township voted to reject one of those sites, leaving Enbridge to look for another location. That has put a kink in the company's plans.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered Enbridge to finish its dredging by the end of the year.
Enbridge will request an extension as a result of Comstock Township's decision, but the EPA has already rejected one such request.
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