Sheen in Michigan drain likely caused by oil dumping: police

Fri May 3, 2013 11:11am EDT

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(Reuters) - A black sheen discovered in a storm drain in southeastern Michigan on Thursday was most likely the result of motor oil dumping and was not a crude oil spill, local police said.

Lieutenant Luke Riley of the Sterling Heights police department said the spill was contained by booms in the Red Run drain, which leads into the nearby Clinton River near Warren, about 20 miles north of Detroit

Warren Mayor James Fouts said the spill was estimated at 50 gallons of oil-based product.

Police and fire departments were investigating to determine if the spill was intentional and if criminal charges would be sought.

(Reporting by Edward McAllister in New York, Bernie Woodall in Detroit, David Sheppard in London and Naveen Arul in Bangalore; editing by John Wallace)

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Comments (2)
JamVee wrote:
50 gallons hardly seems newsworthy on a national basis. Reuters must be starved for headlines!

May 03, 2013 11:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
afisher wrote:
Any spill >50 gallons is, by law, to be investigated. While some may dislike or not know the LAW, saying that it is “no big deal”, I’m willing to bet a nickel these folks would be concerned if their water source was contaminate.

May 03, 2013 2:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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