A 30-inch pipeline belonging to oil company Enbridge Inc. burst on July 26 in Marshall, Mich. The company estimated that 800,000 gallons of crude oil leaked into Talmadge Creek, a tributary of the Kalamazoo River. Other estimates put the leak at 1 million gallons, making it among the worst ever recorded in the Midwest.
Pictured here: Canada geese covered in oil along the Kalamazoo River.
Twenty-five miles of the Kalamazoo River were oiled, leading health officials to close the river to swimming, boating and fishing.
Oil booms, which have become a familiar sight from scenes of the BP Gulf Oil Spill, are now being set up on the Kalamazoo River.
Enbridge and EPA officials said it could take months to clean up the oil spill.
Pictured here: Suction hoses skim for oil at the Kalamazoo river.
Wildlife rescue workers are fishing birds, turtles and mammals, like this muskrat, from the Kalamazoo River, and attempting to clean the oiled wildlife.
They were too late for this muskrat.
Federal regulators warned Enbridge about insufficient monitoring of the pipeline as recently as January.
Pictured here: A worker skims oil off the surface of the Kalamazoo River.