Oil blackened more than two miles of Talmadge Creek before spreading into the Kalamazoo River. Spill responders called this area, where the oil ran thickest and volatile organic compounds escaped into the air, the "hot zone."
The EPA's record of more than 1.1 million gallons of oil collected is 15 percent larger than the 843,444 gallons that the company says was spilled. Enbridge spokeswoman Terri Larson told InsideClimate News that the company stands by its number.
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