Officials release update on Flint River oil spill – CBS Detroit

Cleanup continues on the Lockhart Chemical Company spill in the Flint River and so far nearly 14,000 gallons have been withdrawn.

Birds and turtles that were impacted were cleaned and released, and nine out of 10 contaminated bush and tree sites were cleared, but authorities have yet to find the exact breach.

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“We know the location, we’ve identified it, but this is a location that has had decades and decades and decades of industry on that exact piece of land,” said Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson. “So to dig in, we have to do it meticulously and I think it was best described as an autopsy of the dirt.”

At the moment, there is still some residual flow that is being captured by the barriers.

There is a cease and desist order against Lockhart of the city of Flint.

“This will remain in place until they agree to full compliance with the law, ensuring that we can remedy this issue of our environment once and for all,” said Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley.

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While there is no exact figure yet, Sheriff Swanson estimated the damage to be in the millions of dollars.

The contactless order is still in effect for the entire Flint River in Genesee County, from Stepping Stone Falls to Barbara Park in Montrose.

“We have teams out there that, in the cleanup process, are also cleaning up additional debris and things that were found in the river to not only get the contaminant out of the water, but to make the water a better place than it was before this emergency started. ,” said Domonique Clemons, Genesee County Commissioner.

Swanson said he still doesn’t know the exact substance in the river as tests are underway.

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