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Posted on Sat, Oct 2, 2010 : 9:30 a.m.

Hydraulic fluid spill reported in front of Michigan Union

By Steve Pepple

About 50 gallons of hydraulic fluid were found spilled in the gutter area along South State Street in front of the Michigan Union on Friday, according to the University of Michigan Department of Public Safety.

The incident was reported about 12:36 p.m. and campus police called in the U-M Office Safety and Occupational Health to clean up the spill.

Authorities were unable to determine the source of the spill, according to a news summary. Further details were not available this morning.


Kai Petainen

Fri, Oct 8, 2010 : 10:03 p.m.

update on cheboygan spill this is what they do to a spill this 'minor'... "The oil was discovered Tuesday, coating a 25-by-300-yard stretch" and "six barrels of contaminated sand have been removed" 300 yards = 900 feet and this is how they respond up there... "The cleanup effort has been successful due to the multi-agency cooperation of the Environmental Protection Agency, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Cheboygan State Park Officials. Each agency has played a key role in the fast response" this is what we do to a petroleum spill (and initial reports of phosphoric acid) down here... i see it flow downstream for hours, and i see it from my vantage point...i watch a section of river about 2000-3000 feet long, and covering widthwise... booms fail, EPA doesn't visit, DNRE doesn't visit. authorities won't spend more $ investigating it. unknown cause. and how do we respond? "I consider this matter closed as a minor spill from an unknown source with no evident environmental impact" - city of Ann Arbor Ann Arbor -- what's going on? I thought we were supposed to be the leaders... I thought we were supposed to be the best?

Kai Petainen

Wed, Oct 6, 2010 : 9:54 a.m.

update on the source? or is this yet another case of an unknown source in ann arbor? yesterday, there was an oil spill up north.. here's how they respond to spills up north... "Pollution investigators and marine inspectors from Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan are responding today at the scene of an oiled beach at Cheboygan State Park in Cheboygan, Michigan, and a sheen in Duncan Bay reported to the Coast Guard October 5, 2010." "Pollution investigators and marine inspectors from Sector Sault Ste. Marie have been on scene throughout the night, and are in the process of determining the pollution source. "


Sun, Oct 3, 2010 : 3:54 a.m.

Bla, Bla, Bla


Sat, Oct 2, 2010 : 11:33 p.m.

The comments made on this story are all right on the money. I have a feeling the commenters here will put more thought in to this spill than the police.

Fat Bill

Sat, Oct 2, 2010 : 5:44 p.m.

Garbage truck, boom truck/crane, possibly gravel hauler carries hydraulic fluid in such quantities.


Sat, Oct 2, 2010 : 2:41 p.m.

Was that spill something that should go into sewers or should that type of fluid be put into containers and driven to the toxic waste drop-off (Zeeb Road location, Saturday mornings until noon, monetary donations gratefully accepted).


Sat, Oct 2, 2010 : 12:25 p.m.

50 gallons? That area has sewers; unless the sewers were clogged, anything over a couple gallons (one jalopy's worth) would have been obscured from view by the street's drainage system.

Kai Petainen

Sat, Oct 2, 2010 : 10:52 a.m.

I find this comment, slightly insulting... "A large amount of hydraulic fluid was reported to have collected in the gutter area in front of the Michigan Union" why is it insulting? the word 'large' is insulting... because... when the huron river spill occurred, from my vantage point, i could see that it covered the river in front of the arboretum with petroleum and possibly other stuff.... to me, that was a large amount. when the river in front of the arboretum is covered widthwise with petro for hours... and that stuff flows from a particular point upstream of the arb... and down to gallup (to be collected in booms that fail), then that is a large amount. but... i was told a few times that it was a minor amount and it had 'no evident environmental impact'.


Sat, Oct 2, 2010 : 10:40 a.m.

Noon. Friday. No one else saw anything... ok

Kai Petainen

Sat, Oct 2, 2010 : 10:38 a.m.

It's nice to see that in this case, this event was listed on the daily incident crime log. Unlike the petroleum spill, which was NOT listed in the daily crime log.