Leap of Faith: A unique angle on the Kalamazoo River Oil Spill by Laura Adams

Have you ever wondered what would happen if a small-town news reporter, took on a large corporation? Who would win?

On July 27, 2010, the residents of Battle Creek, Michigan, woke up to a catastrophic environmental disaster. Crude oil was flowing down the Kalamazoo River right through town. From a pipeline they didn’t know existed, owned by a company they had never heard of. In the shadow of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a massive cleanup effort began that continues to this day.

Leap of Faith is a revealing portrait of a small-town famous for breakfast cereal and an energy giant famous for owning the world's largest oil pipeline, told through the eyes of a wisecracking local reporter with a fondness for activism and Internet pop culture. First, I covered the breaking news story and then conducted an intensive investigation of the company, their corporate culture, their history, their people and their CEO. I was looking to find the worst. They gave me total access, and I found the truth.

  • Classification: Universal
  • Work is: Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted April 1, 2011
  • Last updated April 1, 2011
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    malachiking [Retired] wrote 3 years, 9 months ago
    Laura Adams, Interesting story. I like the mock memo and Laura's broken sleep. I like in Kalamazoo and remember when the spill happened and gross it all was. This story needs to be told! The narrative style works well for me. 5-starred and watch listed. I'll read the rest soon. Keep it up! (My story also takes place in Michigan, in an ancient copper mine. Sure, it's fiction, but Michigan has such fertile ground for good storytelling, I think.) Best ...
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