Deal reached between Michigan, company over 2010 oil spill

MARSHALL, Michigan (AP) — The state of Michigan and a Canadian energy company have filed a sweeping settlement related to a 2010 oil spill that spoiled miles of the Kalamazoo River.

Enbridge Energy has agreed to restore or create 300 acres (120 hectares) of wetlands in the Kalamazoo River watershed in southwestern Michigan. The state says the $30 million project is among other projects worth millions more.

Some have been completed, such as a dam removal and improved access to boating and fishing on the river.

An Enbridge pipeline ruptured in 2010, spilling more than 800,000 gallons (3 million liters) of oil and damaging the Kalamazoo River and Talmadge Creek. Enbridge’s costs related to the spill have been estimated at more than $1 billion. Regulators say any remaining oil is scarce.

The agreement was filed Tuesday in Calhoun County court.

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