KBIC, partners work to fix erosion near Ojibwa BP gas station underground tanks

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BARAGA, Mich. (WLUC) - The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) recognizes its stewardship responsibilities and strong connections to Lake Superior and all beings within the basin.

KBIC recently became aware of embankment erosion adjacent to the southern underground storage tank at the Ojibwa BP gas station in Baraga.

With concern of this erosion continuing with fall weather events and high lake levels, KBIC is being proactive in addressing the situation.

KBIC has notified the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is working with a consultant, the State of Michigan, the Intertribal Council of Michigan, and local governments on developing an action plan to protect local human and environmental health in the community.

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

The annual underground storage tank inspection at the Ojibwa BP was completed on June 25, 2019, and remains in compliance. An additional inspection happened on November 1, 2019, to ensure continued compliance.

Ojibwa BP gas station is still in compliance and will continue to sell all products.

Questions may be directed to the Tribal President's Office and the Natural Resources Department.

Miigwetch for working together for a better community, the tribe said.

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