Business owners sue over 2010 Michigan oil spill
Battle Creek — A trial is underway in a lawsuit brought by two men who say a 2010 Michigan oil spill destroyed their business.
Charles Blakeman Jr. of Bellevue and Robert Patterson of Mason say they were prevented from guiding disabled veterans on deer hunts in Fort Custer Recreation Area because of the spill.
The men say they lost thousands of dollars and want Enbridge Inc. to pay for it.
But Enbridge is arguing that the company, Extreme Adventures, didn’t have any business before the spill and didn’t lose money because of it.
The Battle Creek Enquirer reports the trial in Calhoun County Circuit Court is the first involving Enbridge, which is responsible for the spill that dumped 800,000 gallons of crude into Talmadge Creek near Marshall and the Kalamazoo River.