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Michigan oil spill still affecting turtles

When an estimated 843,000 gallons of oil spilled into Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River in Michigan last July, no one anticipated that it would take more than a year to repair the damage done, The Battle Creek Enquirer reports.

However, the state's newly-created Natural Resource Damages Trustees Council is still investigating the spill's effect on the turtles, fish and insects in the ecosystem. The council is gathering information from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's Water Resource Division as well as the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and contractors hired from Enbridge, Inc.

Bob Doherty, one Enbridge-contracted scientist, is administering daily care to 30 turtles, and he expects to continue doing so over the winter, the news source reports. Because they were still too unhealthy to be released into the wild before hibernation season began.

The "final group" of turtles affected by the oil spill were released back into the Kalamazoo River in May, according to CBS Detroit. However, more turtles needing care continued to be found throughout this summer's oil spill cleanup.
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