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    Posted July 28, 2010 by
    ahknaten
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    Ann Arbor, Michigan
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    Toxic America

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    Geese Swimming to Oil in Ann Arbor, Michigan -- The Day After the Oil Spill

     

    On July 27th, Battle Creek Michigan had an oil spill.  A week earlier, on July 19th, Ann Arbor Michigan had an oil spill.  I won't go into the details on Ann Arbor, as I already have it here:

     

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-476148

     

    But, when I was sorting through my photos today, I found something interesting.  I had neglected these shots earlier as I hated the composition, but on closer inspection, I saw something fascinating.  They were taken on the day after the oil spill in Ann Arbor.  I remember smelling oil, but I don't remember seeing oil... and then I saw these photos.  There, in the distance is a sheen of oil (it might be a bit hard to see), but it is there.  The Canadian Geese are headed straight for it!  This means, that oil still existed in Gallup Park on the day after the spill.  Did OSEH clean it up?  They were the ones assigned to reporting and cleaning.  Was the public notified of a potential safety hazard in the water during that week when hundreds would canoe through the waters?

     

    As for Battle Creek, there has been an oil spill.  Perhaps they can learn from the wrong/right things that the folks cleaning up and reporting the oil in Ann Arbor learned.  BTW... for folks in Battle Creek... you want answers... I'm still waiting a week for some simple questions like:  how did the spill occur? was the public notified? where was the source?  what exactly was in the water (besides a vague answer of petroleum)?  how much did the booms collect?

     

    -kai

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