MI Pipeline Co. Eyes Restart after July Spill

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 @ 06:08 PM gHale


After almost 1 million gallons of oil spewed from a pipeline into a southern Michigan river on July 26, the company that operates the pipeline filed a proposed plan with federal regulators to restart service.
The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration must authorize the restarting of the Enbridge Inc. pipeline that leaked into the Kalamazoo River near Marshall.
The company and federal regulators said Tuesday they do not know when they will restart pipeline service. An estimated 820,000 to more than 1 million gallons flowed from the ruptured pipeline.
Enbridge reported the leak July 26. Enbridge and the Environmental Protection Agency said the cleanup is going well. The leak was on a pipeline that runs from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario.
Enbridge has a history of pipeline problems, including leaks, an explosion and dozens of regulatory violations.
Enbridge Inc. or its affiliates have been cited for 30 enforcement actions since 2002 by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, which is the U.S. Department of Transportation’s regulatory arm.
In a warning letter sent Jan. 21, the agency told the company it may have violated safety codes by improperly monitoring corrosion in the pipeline responsible for the massive spill in Talmadge Creek. The creek feeds into the Kalamazoo River, which eventually flows into Lake Michigan.



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