Enbridge Pays to Build Bigger Pipeline

Thursday, September 5, 2013 @ 07:09 PM gHale


Enbridge Energy will pay the city of Marysville, MI, $155,185 for rights-of-way it already owns for a pipeline and for widening the rights-of-way by 20 feet in two areas in Marysville Park.

“We feel this is a very, very fair price for the city of Marysville,” said Assistant City Manager Randy Fernandez at the regular meeting of the city council on Aug. 25. “The money will go into city coffers.”

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A local appraiser assessed the value of the property, Fernandez said, calculations that he and City Assessor Ann Ratliff reviewed.

The Canadian energy firm is in the process of replacing its Line 6B from Griffith, IN, to Marysville. This is the same line that suffered an 80-inch rupture in 2010, pouring 843,000 gallons of Alberta tar sands crude oil into wetlands into the Kalamazoo River, which feeds Lake Michigan. Intense rains drove the river over the tops of dams and carried the spill 35 miles downstream.

Last year, the National Transportation Safety Board cited Enbridge with “a complete breakdown of safety,” saying its employees responded like “Keystone Kops.”

The workers “failed to recognize their pipeline had ruptured and continued to pump crude into the environment,” the NTSB said. “Despite multiple alarms and a loss of pressure in the pipeline, for more than 17 hours and through three shifts they failed to follow their own shutdown procedures.”

Three years after the spill, the area still remains affected by the incident, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Enbridge is replacing the old 30-inch diameter pipeline from Griffith, IN, to Marysville with a new 36-inch pipeline all the way to Stockbridge, MI. A new 30-inch pipeline is going from Stockbridge to Marysville. When the project goes into service in mid-2014, Enbridge’s capacity in Line 6B will jump from 240,000 barrels per day to 500,000.

“Enbridge’s top priority is ensuring the continued safe and reliable delivery of crude oil in order to meet the everyday needs of consumers and businesses in the region,” said Fernandez in a report to City Manager Jason Hami.



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