Energy company wins appeal in suit over man's health
LANSING — The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled in favor of an energy company in a dispute over whether a disastrous oil spill caused a man's health problems.
Chance Lowery said he suffered coughing, headaches and vomiting when he was exposed to fumes from the heavy crude from Enbridge Energy in Calhoun County in 2010. He said those problems led to a ruptured artery.
A doctor who didn't personally examine Lowery blamed the oil spill.
But the Supreme Court said yesterday that Lowery can't link his health problems to fumes through speculation or conjecture.
Enbridge said Lowery lived miles from the spill in the Kalamazoo River, and his health woes occurred three weeks later.