As the Gulf Coast deals with the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, the Midwest is now facing an oil spill of its own.
A state of emergency has been declared in southwest Michigan's Kalamazoo County as more than 800,000 gallons of oil released into a creek began making its way downstream in the Kalamazoo River, the Kalamazoo Gazette reports.
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Oil is spewing from a damaged well north of a bay where officials have been fighting the spill from the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
Authorities in China say one of the country's worst oil spills has been contained before any of the oil could reach international waters.
The cause of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may be due equipment failure and as such could be classified as human error. But in Nigeria, oil spill occur almost on a bi-weekly basis in the Niger Delta due to corroded pipeline facilities, willful acts of illegal oil bunkering and pipeline vandalism.
Investigations have revealed that High Pour Fuel Oil (HPFO) and Low Pour Fuel Oil (LPFO) used for firing burners and heavy-duty engines in factories have both become great allures for greedy people to try to break the pipeline facilities to scoop crude oil to make quick money.
15,000 fishermen and seaweed farmers living on the coasts of Rote Ndao, Kupang, Sabu Raijua, and some other regions lose their jobs in months due to lesser productions.
But with BP having poured nearly two million gallons of the dispersant known as Corexit into the Gulf, many lawmakers and advocacy groups say the Obama administration is not being candid about the lethal effects of dispersants.