The Canadian pipeline company responsible for last week's Kalamazoo River oil spill says it's offering to buy up as many as 200 homes affected by the disaster. Enbridge Energy Partners made the announcement Tuesday afternoon.
"For people who own homes within the same area who are concerned with regard to reduction of value, or simply want to move as a result of the spill, we will provide them with an option to purchase their home at the appraised value before the spill," says CEO Patrick Daniel.
He says the offer will be made to homeowners who live within 200 feet of the river in the spill area, or in the "Red Zone" set by local officials. That includes people affected by fumes from the spill. But Daniel says he doesn't think many people will take the company up on the offer.
Enbridge faces a multi-million-dollar class-action lawsuit over the spill. But Daniel said no one will have to go to court to have Enbridge compensate them for "legitimate" claims.