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Forum Post: Catfishing in the Kalamazoo

Posted 5 years ago on July 14, 2013, 6:24 p.m. EST by shoozTroll (17632)
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Welcome to the wonderful World of spilled bitumin.

Who is Chris Wahmhoff? If you follow the environmental movement, you may already have some idea of who Chris Wahmhoff is. At this time he might be best known as “the guy that rode his skateboard into that Enbridge pipeline in Michigan.” Around Michigan, he’s known for a lot of other things as well, his role in Occupy Kalamazoo, his role in an important protest/action against fracking that took place during an MDNR’s land auction a year ago, his devotion to helping others, his energy and honesty, and of course, his consistency in fighting for economic justice, protesting big banks, helping MI families fight eviction and doing hundreds of other things to educate people, raise awareness and improve the lives of others. I have had the personal good fortune of knowing Chris through his work in the Michigan environmental movement and various other causes that he has thrown his heart and soul into. I also was fortunate enough to be able to interview him immediately following his action against Enbridge, to speak with his girlfriend Lisa Lalegio and to talk with other members of MICATS (Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands) in order to be able to write this piece and those that will accompany it. If you want to understand why Chris Wahmhoff chose to put his life on the line by skateboarding into that pipe, it’s important that you first understand who he is and what he represents.

In July of 2010 the lives of thousands of people who live, work and play in the Marshall, Michigan area were changed forever. As more than a million gallons of tar sands oil, technically known as dilbit or diluted bitumen, poured into the once thriving waterways of the Kalamazoo River, these Michigan residents became the first humans ever, to experience the devastating consequences of a tar sands oil spill of this size and nature. For those who are not aware, dilbit (the technical name for tar sands oil) is not the same type of oil that humans have been spilling and leaking into other areas of the country, like the Gulf of Mexico and along the East coast. It is a thick, dirty oil which cannot flow readily through a traditional pipeline. The toxic chemicals used to dilute the “oil” in order to make it liquid enough to move through the Enbridge pipeline were the first thing released into the air, when the spill first occurred along the Kalamazoo River. Nearby residents almost immediately began to experience a wide range of severe medical conditions, from difficulty breathing to red, angry rashes, many had seizures for the first time in their lives and in some cases, permanent illness and even death occurred. 3 years later, many local residents continue to experience diverse medical symptoms, ranging from mild to severe, especially in areas directly impacted by the spill.

Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/07/14/why-i-spent-my-35th-birthday-in-an-enbridge-pipeline-exclusive-interview-with-chris-wahmhoff-part-1/#ixzz2Z3tktsLJ

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[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 5 years ago


And as usual, it isn't actually cleaned up yet and they are busy building more pipelines.


[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 5 years ago

Skateboarding the pipeline.....pt 2.

Two weeks after skateboarding into an Enbridge pipeline, in Marshall, Michigan, Chris Wahmhoff is experiencing bouts of dizziness, dull persistent headaches, trouble remembering and odd sensations which include sudden feelings of heat on one side of his face. The decontamination he experienced, following his ten-hour stay inside the pipe, consisted of being sprayed down with a fire hose immediately upon emerging. Those who are closest to Chris are worried, and one of the biggest reasons for this is that no one knows what kinds of chemicals he was exposed to or what the long-term health impacts will be.

Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/07/17/fighting-fossil-fuel-in-michigan-inside-the-pipeline-chris-wahmhoff-story-part-2/#ixzz2ZJrKWVuW

Now, about those catfish?

[-] -1 points by Moonbat (-37) 5 years ago

Does he look like this?


[-] -1 points by Moonbat (-37) 5 years ago

Does he have a fever? How's his blood work look? Does a Geiger counter flip out when placed next to him?

[-] -1 points by Moonbat (-37) 5 years ago

Hate to be cynical, but being that the reason he skateboarded the pipe was to protest it, don't you think there might be a chance he is faking those symptoms? Sounds easy, just say that you feel dizzy and have a headache.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 5 years ago

How about YOU are dizzy and have a headache?

Well, at least dizzy.

BTW......Did you name yourself after Ms. Bachmann?

[-] -1 points by Moonbat (-37) 5 years ago

Not a Heinlein fan, are you? Val Smith, Adam Seline, Simon Jester, Wyoming Knott, TANSTAAFL, etc...

But seriously, I think the kid's having a go, but maybe he'll end up being a blind lawyer, Matt Murdock style.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 5 years ago


Does that mean you are pro Enbridge?

The issue with your comments, is that they are ambiguous, and a distraction from reality. In a way, poking fun at ongoing disaster.

[-] -1 points by Moonbat (-37) 5 years ago

Nope. Just poking fun at the gullible.

Chemical spills are no laughing matter, as we have all seen


[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 5 years ago

To accept these things, means you are the most gullible of all.

The 8 legged freak.....is your mind......if you accept these things.

[-] -1 points by Moonbat (-37) 5 years ago

I know it's serious. Army friend of my dad had a bad run in the '50's, before regulations were tighter.


[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 5 years ago

You named yourself after Bachmann for sure.

Thanks for making that clear and thanks for the bump..

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33713) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

Find out for yourself - spend ten hours inside of the pipeline then you will know.

[-] -1 points by Moonbat (-37) 5 years ago

But the catfish situation is worse. Much worse.


[-] -1 points by Moonbat (-37) 5 years ago

New reports show that he's feeling a lot better now.


[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33713) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

Watch Louis C.K. Eviscerate Climate Change Deniers

Well having watched that - ummm - not so much " Eviscerating Climate Change Deniers " as just plain old polluters - as he didn't really get into global warming.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33713) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

Timely - from Environmen​t America

“Tell the EPA to keep sewage away from our beaches.”

It’s the last thing you want to find out when you go to the beach: The water is closed to swimming because of pollution.

Last year, there were more than 20,000 beach closings and advisory days nationwide because of pollution, mostly sewage. And last month, the EPA was supposed to announce a rule that would clean up our beaches, but we’re still waiting.

We can’t wait any longer. We need to clean up our beaches now.

Please tell the EPA to take action to protect our beaches now.

One of the main causes of beach closings is runoff pollution. When it rains, roads, parking lots, and sprawling development carry polluted stormwater full of grime and chemicals directly to our beaches. The stormwater also goes into our sewer systems, causing sewage overflows.

And that’s gross enough, but what’s really bad is that the EPA estimates that up to 3.5 million people become ill each year from contact with sewage pollution.

This has got to stop.

Join me in urging the EPA to get moving on keeping our beaches safe.

When Congress passed the Clean Water Act more than 40 years ago, one of the central goals was to ensure that all our waters would be safe for swimming. And with you’re help, we can make sure that happens before any more beach closings or anyone else gets sick.


Margie Alt Executive Director Environmen​t America action@environmentamerica.org

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33713) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

What I added to the letter:

It is not just beaches and it is not just runn-off - http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/07/14/why-i-spent-my-35th-birthday-in-an-enbridge-pipeline-exclusive-interview-with-chris-wahmhoff-part-1/#ixzz2Z3tktsLJ Check out the link and see at the beginning of the article a catfish that was caught. A tar sands spill catfish.

All of our water needs protection - from run-off as well as pipe-line or rail-road spills or oil tanker spills or oil drilling rig accidents or or or or or or or

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 5 years ago

You would have to get the current "Congress" off it's collective GOP ass and get it to refund the EPA, that it's been cut funding to for decades now.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33713) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

Yes the EPA needs teeth.

[-] -2 points by dimsum (-2) 5 years ago

You're the cheapest and lamest moderator. You don't even ban the comments of zendog when he threatens to murder those who own this site, but you ban opinions simply because they differ from your own. How lame you are. You pro-democrat Twinkle Teamers really co-opted this place good.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33713) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

Hey dimwit why U complain-en 2 me? Complain 2 the site. I'm thinken that if ZD had threatened the life of the owner of the site - that he would get booted - so I must contend that U are likely wrong in U'r charge.


[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 5 years ago

Which in the vein of all right wing co-opters has absolutely NOTHING to do with the subject at hand.

But, hey.

Thanks for bumping this important thread.


[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 5 years ago

That's not possible. This is your first posting.

So that makes you a liar too.

So just who the fuck do you think you are, lying about people and things you know nothing about?

Your MOST idiotic statement is a false belief that everyone who supports OWS HAS to be an anarchist.

It isn't so.

And there's that bullshit about a twinleteam.

Do you do anything besides lie and make shit up?

My guess is that you get banned for lying and refusing to discuss issues.

Would you like me to present one for you to actually discuss?


[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33713) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

More and more bodies of water are becoming hazardous to health/life. Pretty sad - water the source of life being made into a source of disease and death.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33713) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

Oil cleanup on the Kalamazoo River in June 2011. The workers are agitating the sediment with jets of water to flush submerged oil to the surface. Credit: U.S. EPA. http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20130128/dilbit-6B-pipeline-kalamazoo-river-enbridge-oil-spill-michigan-keystone-xl-epa

Hmmm flush submerged oil to the surface? Really? How about - are agitating the river bottom to hide the submerged oil.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33713) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

Just like they did not clean-up the spill in the Gulf - they just got the majority of the spill out of sight with their toxic dispersal agent. People are actually swimming in that crap.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 5 years ago

Pushed it to the bottom, is correct.

The catfish was caught this spring.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33713) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

That looks to be some good eaten - hey what y'all use for seasoning?

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33713) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

Now I have heard that cooking something in it's own juices was good for flavor. BUT - cooking something "with it's own juices? " That has just got to be awesome - Nope don't need the grill Ma - looky I just strikes a match and woosh - kinda like popeal just set it and forget it - only it's just light it and forget it. Yay.

What you mean it ain't it's own juices - ain't that one them thar GMO fishies?

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 5 years ago


that's all you need to know.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33713) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

Who needs match-light charcoal - we got match-light fishies. Yay

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 5 years ago

The real problem is dousing them before they are over done......:)

Water doesn't work.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33713) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

OOOOO magnesium? Now " that " is extra spicy.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 5 years ago

No fishermen around here?

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 5 years ago

MICATS on trial for nonviolent direct action against the Stockbridge pipeline, await a verdict.