Law firm helps with the Kalamazoo River wildlife cleanup

Firm specializes in environmental law so it knows impact of oil spill; Albion College involved too

Responding to requests for donations, Brian Considine, an attorney with Bloomfield Hills' law firm Dawda Mann's Environment, Energy and Sustainability Practice Group, delivered a van load of supplies to a nonprofit relief organization that is assisting with the cleanup of wildlife impacted by the Kalamazoo River oil pipeline spill.

The supplies included towels, sheets, blankets, rubber gloves, dishwashing detergents, vegetable oil, tyvek suits, garbage bags, water and energy bars.

These items were collected and donated in a group effort that was coordinated by Dawda Mann, AKT Peerless and Albion College .

"The members of our environmental practice group are familiar with the impacts that crude oil has on natural resources when released in massive quantities like the spill near Marshall ," Considine said.

"We appreciated the local communities' requests for assistance and wanted to help out."

After dropping off the supplies, Considine experienced first-hand the devastation that the oil spill has had on the area.

"As soon as I opened the door of my car I was hit with a very strong odor of oil in the air. I can imagine the stress this has put on the residents near the river,'' Considine said after visiting a stretch of the river a few miles downstream from the spill.

"The banks of the river were coated with the thick tarry oil and there was a prominent visible sheen of oil on the surface of the water."

Several wildlife rescue groups are still accepting donations. Information can be obtained online.

Located in Bloomfield Hills, Dawda Mann has a clientele of Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, publicly and privately owned companies of varied sizes and emerging businesses located throughout the United States.

The firm's team of attorneys has years of specialized experience in handling environmental (including all aspects of liability and regulatory compliance) and matters in areas of banking, corporations, labor and employment relations, real estate, land use, automotive, trust and estate/tax.

Published: Mon, Sep 13, 2010

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