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Tainted turtles still suffering 15 months after river oil spill

Bob Doherty holds a snapping turtle that will spend the winter in an Emmett Township building. The turtle is among many deemed too unhealthy to be released in time for the start of the turtle hibernation season.The oil spill in Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River may have occurred more than 15 months ago, but it still defines every day for one man and the 30 turtles he'll care for over the winter.Enbridge Inc.-contracted scientist Bob Doherty and three part-time helpers are still administering daily care to dozens of turtles that were rescued from the creek and river this spring and summer.
The turtles were too unhealthy to be released in time for winter hibernation, and will have to spend the winter in a small one-room heated facility near Historic Bridge Park in Emmett Township.Throughout this summer's oil spill cleanup, turtles with oil on them were still being discovered, said Lisa Williams of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Some were cleaned in the field while others had to be taken into Doherty's wildlife center for care, Williams said.  more...
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