The company responsible for the largest oil spill ever to hit the Midwest is under fire for its tactics.
On July 25, part of the world’s largest petroleum pipeline –owned by Canadian energy giant Enbridge- ruptured, pouring at least 800,000 gallons of crude into the waterways surrounding Marshall, MI.
Now Enbridge is accused of deceptive tactics by dozens of homeowners affected by the spill. Some residents claim the company coerced them to sign a settlement form that released Enbridge from and against all liability, claims and actions. Still others claim they had to sign a release form allowing the company access to medical records before they would pay for a doctor’s visit.
An Enbridge spokesperson says all the forms were standard, but the federal government says that’s not true. The company now says they’ve discontinued using the forms and hired a former Detroit mayor to oversee the claims process.