Emergency Spill Response

About this Project

Our team provided emergency response support services along the Kalamazoo River to aid in a massive oil cleanup effort.

In 2010, a pipeline burst into a creek creating one of the largest inland oil spills (nearly one million gallons) in the history of the midwest. Not only were there challenges containing and cleaning up the leaked oil, but the spill also brought considerable concern for the safety of native wildlife inhabiting Marshall, Michigan and the surrounding areas. 

By deploying our environmental, industrial hygiene, health and safety, survey, and technical support teams, we successfully delivered a wide breadth of services.

Environmental and industrial hygiene services

  • Managing wildlife response center and deploying and maintaining wildlife deterrent measures
  • Deploying field teams to complete overbank assessments using Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique (SCAT) and modified reassessment techniques known as Shoreline and Overbank Reassessment Techniques (SORT)
  • Applying for permits
  • Groundwater monitoring and sampling 
  • Sediment assessments using poling techniques 
  • Developing, managing, and conducting a comprehensive sediment coring and sampling program
  • Community and work area air monitoring and sampling 

    Health and safety services

    • Staffing the Health and Safety Officer in an Incident Command System (ICS) organization
    • Administering safety inspections at multiple, concurrently operating worksites
    • Providing safety incident investigation with root cause analysis
    • Collecting and analyzing project-specific safety metrics
    • Directly communicating with government agencies
    • Overseeing dredging activities
    • Construction oversight during emergency response, remediation, and restoration 


    Geolocation and survey services

    • GPS surveys, to assist the Right of Way department in documenting locations of emergency response activities
    • Misc. location documentation
      • Locations and quantity of response equipment
      • Portable well and surface water sample locations
      • Areas impacted by emergency response activities
    • Image rectification of photographs collected along a 40 mile segment of the Kalamazoo River
    • Assisting with locating potential pipeline dig sites
    • Bathymetric surveys


    Technical support services

    • Developing work plans, response plans, and reports per United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), formerly Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, regulations 
    • Managing dredging contractors 
    • Providing administrative support for multiple subcontractors

    Contact Us


    830 W Washington St
    Marquette, MI 49855

    Offices in Michigan, Wisconsin, Montana, Arizona, and Nebraska

    (906) 228-5125


    Robert Lehto – President

    Tom Anthos – Vice President