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How does the new Michigan oil spill compare to the spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

A broken oil pipeline discovered Monday near Marshal, Mich., is estimated to have spilled about 19,500 barrels of oil--or more than 800,000 gallons--into the local watershed. That makes it one of the largest spills ever in the Midwest.

(Curiously, a New York Times headline today called the spill a "leak". Maybe that's because the amount of oil that made its way into Michigan's Kalamazoo river pales in comparison to the Gulf spill? Which gets us back to an earlier question: Should we call the BP spill a spill?)

The Associated Press estimates the size of the BP oil spill is more than 172,000,000 gallons.

In Michigan, a broken oil pipeline carrying crude from Indiana to Ontario, Canada, sprung a leak that sent oil pouring into the Kalamazoo river. According to the WSJ, owners Enbridge Energy Partners LP were able to close the leak and shut it down almost immediately.

It took BP nearly 90 days to seal its well.

About 100 people are expected to be working clean-up in Michigan today.

There are more than 29,000 people responding in the Gulf of Mexico.

*PHOTO: Workers using suction hoses try to clean up an oil spill of approximately 800,000 gallons of crude oil from the Kalamazoo River in Battle Creek, Michigan. A 30 inch-wide underground pipeline owned by Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge Energy Partners LP, began leaking on June 26. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) *

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Adriene Hill is a senior multimedia reporter for the Marketplace sustainability desk, with a focus on consumer issues and the individual relationship to sustainability and the environment.
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hey I live in Marshall and there is way more than 100 people working on this spill. I would have to say there are thousands working on this clean up. Remember there was a nasty smell that even myself got sick from. So please don't think that this was a small incedent. If enbridge's pipeline was miles under it wouldn't have been stoped so easily. Personaly if they let enbridge restart the line before addressing other issues with the line the same thing is going to happen in another location. I'm tired of everyone relying on oil for everything. We have made great steps in stoping dependcy of oil.

not to mention the illeagal immigrants enbridge brought up from texas to help. thanks canaduh...

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