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More Manpower Coming To Help With Oil Spill


MARSHALL (WKZO) -- Thursday’s afternoon press briefing on the oil cleanup had good news. It appears that so far they have managed to stop the oil upstream, and keep it out of Morrow Lake, at least so far. The EPA’s Ralph Dollhopf says he is doubts it will get to Lake Michigan.

Pictures that the Governor’s office claims are shots of an oil slick beyond the Morrow Dam are being misinterpreted, according to Dollhopf. He says they aren’t relying on snapshots taken at 3,000 feet. They actually tested the water. He says more manpower and crews are showing up daily and they will be working through the weekend on the cleanup.

An EPA Spokesman says they have scooped up or sucked out about 2400 barrels of oil from the river, and much more from all locations. Enbridge CEO Pat Daniel says they have increased their manpower from 100 on Wednesday, to 220 yesterday and should have 400 working the river cleanup by the end of today. They have 17 capture booms, 40 boats, and 30 pumping trucks working 24 hours a day, using lights to keep the cleanup continuous. The EPA says there will be several more days of ramping up manpower and equipment as they combat the spill.