Talmadge Creek

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Talmadge Creek
Physical characteristics
 • locationMarshall, Michigan
 • coordinates42°13′54″N 84°56′49″W / 42.2317°N 84.94692°W / 42.2317; -84.94692[1]
 • location
Kalamazoo River, Michigan
 • coordinates
42°15′26″N 84°59′43″W / 42.25726°N 84.99525°W / 42.25726; -84.99525Coordinates: 42°15′26″N 84°59′43″W / 42.25726°N 84.99525°W / 42.25726; -84.99525

Talmadge Creek is a tributary of the Kalamazoo River. It is located in Calhoun County, Michigan, near the county seat of Marshall.[2]

2010 crude oil spill[edit]

The creek is notable as the site of a major oil spill that made its way into the Kalamazoo River. On 26 July 2010, an estimated 843,444 US gal (3,192,780 L) of crude oil-like dilbit leaked into the creek from a 30-inch pipeline operated by the Enbridge Pipeline System.[3][4][5][6] The pipeline intersects the creek 0.5 miles east of Interstate 69 and approximately two miles south of Marshall. The leak location was a wetland located less than 2 miles upstream from the Kalamazoo River,[2] ensuring that the spilled hydrocarbons would soon enter the larger waterway, despite efforts to use booms to prevent the dilbit from reaching the river. In July 2016, Enbridge and the state of Michigan announced a legal settlement totaling $177 million for costs related to the spill.[7]


  1. ^ "Talmadge Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior.
  2. ^ a b Michigan Atlas and Gazetteer (10th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2002.
  3. ^ "Enbridge, Inc. Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Rupture". National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved 2012-07-11.
  4. ^ Fitzsimmons, Emma Graves (29 July 2010). "Estimate Rises of Oil Spill in Michigan". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
  5. ^ Klug, Fritz (26 July 2010). "Oil spills into Calhoun County creek that leads to Kalamazoo River". Kalamazoo Gazette. Retrieved 27 July 2010.
  6. ^ Gallucci, Jacyln (28 July 2010). "Michigan Oil Spill Update: Oil in Kalamazoo River". The Long Island Press. Retrieved 28 July 2010.
  7. ^ Matheny, Keith (20 July 2016). "Enbridge hit with a $177M bill for Michigan, Illinois oil spills". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 21 July 2016.