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Tar Sands Oil Ain’t Jed Clampett’s Bubblin’ Crude – July 25, 2013

Three years later, Kalamazoo River pipeline spill an omen as industry grows

Sue Connolly knew immediately that something was terribly wrong. On July 26, 2010, the resident of Marshall, a town of 7,400 in southwestern Michigan, awoke to a burning sensation in her eyes and throat that made her and her family sick.

“There was a strong odor in the air that took your breath away,” Connolly recalls. “If you tried to take a deep breath, you would feel it all the way down to your stomach. Migraine headaches, lethargy and diarrhea followed.”

Connolly and her neighbors were among the first witnesses to the Kalamazoo River oil spill – a massive pipeline rupture that dumped nearly one million gallons of crude into Talmadge… more

by: Jacob Wheeler

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