Susan Connolly lives in Marshall, a picturesque small town in southern Michigan. The highlights of the year in Marshall are usually the Labor Day historic home tour and the annual Christmas Parade. On July 25, 2010, though, an oil company called Enbridge spilled more than a million gallons of toxic tar sands crude from a pipeline into Talmadge Creek, just a few miles from Susan’s house. As the spill spread to the Kalamazoo River, Susan, her husband and their two small children could smell the fumes from their home the next morning. But it wasn’t until later that night that they realized something was seriously wrong:

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