BRIDGETON, Mich. (WZZM) - Oil is polluting a picturesque area of the Muskegon river that is known as a prime spot for fishing, swimming and tubing.
The oil is leaking from an old industrial pipeline between Big Rapids and Muskegon that sits on the river bottom near the Bridgeton Bridge.
The pipeline is not in use anymore, but there is still oil in it, and its oozing into the water.
"It slowly seeps out," says resident John Pomeroy, pointing to an oily sheen on the surface of the river. "Smell it? There could be a lot of oil left in there."
Residents say the pipeline used to carry oil to the Cambell, Wyant and Cannon Foundry in Muskegon. Several years ago it was capped to stop leaks, but recently oil started bubbling out of a broken valve.