The Level of Polyaromatic Hydrocarbon Contamination on the Kalamazoo River Shoreline Remains High Following the 2010 Enbridge Oil Spill
Dr. Andre Venter
- One of the nation’s worst inland oil spills occurred near Marshall in Michigan in 2010.
- The recent Enbridge Line 6B rupture released over three million liters of diluted bitumen crude oil into the environment.
- The spilled oil entered the Talmadge Creek and flowed into the Kalamazoo River, a Lake Michigan tributary.
- Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) together with other pollutants were released into the environment.
- PAHs represents significant threats to aquatic organisms due to their carcinogenic and mutagenic properties and their persistence in the environment.
- Five years following the oil spill accident, the levels and identities of PAHs were investigated in six shoreline sites along the Kalamazoo river using Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS).
- Thirteen PAHs were identified and their concentrations were quantified using GC-MS.
WMU ScholarWorks Citation
Al Isawi, Wisam Abdulabbas Flayyih, "The Level of Polyaromatic Hydrocarbon Contamination on the Kalamazoo River Shoreline Remains High Following the 2010 Enbridge Oil Spill" (2016). Research and Creative Activities Poster Day. 179.