UPPER THUMB – The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality investigated a diesel oil spill last week at the NextEra Energy Pheasant Run wind project near Brookfield Township.
“It was very small – very small,” said Robin Oeming, of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality about the spill. “There are no issues.”
Oeming said he didn’t know how the spill occurred. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources also observed the cleanup.
Steve Stengel of NextEra Energy said Friday that the company reacted quickly to the spill and chopped up ice that the oil was in to be quickly disposed of.
NextEra said it was a small spill of less than 15 gallons, and it had a crew of workers at the site last week cleaning it up. The DEQ estimated the spill was even smaller than NextEra’s estimate, and noted the spill was not a high concern.
“It was 10 gallons – or 12 gallons at the most,” Oeming said. Oeming added there was no threat to animal or environmental health as result of the spill.
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