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Erosion near Baraga gas station

BARAGA — The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community said in a news release it is being proactive in dealing with embankment erosion by the Ojibwa BP gas station in Baraga.

KBIC said it recognizes its stewardship responsibilities and strong connections to Lake Superior and its basin. It recently became aware of embankment erosion adjacent to the southern underground storage at the Ojibwa BP station.

With the concern of this erosion continuing with fall weather events and high lake levels, KBIC has notified the Environmental Protection Agency and is working with a consultant, the state of Michigan, the Intertribal Council of Michigan and local governments to develop an action plan to protect local human and environmental health in the community.

In the meantime, the Ojibwa station performed a temporary closure by emptying the tank and connection service lines.

The annual Ojibwa BP underground storage tank inspection was completed on June 25 and remains in compliance. An additional inspection took place on Nov. 1 to ensure continued compliance. The station remains in compliance and will continue to sell its products.

For more information, contact the KBIC Tribal President’s Office at 906-353-6623 or the KBIC Natural Resources Department at 906-524-5757.