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Enbridge bungled handling of Michigan crude spill, U.S. agency says in scathing report

 The total cost of the spill has now exceeded more than $800 million US, or more than five times the previous record for most costly spill on U.S. land.

Ruptured Enbridge pipeline, Michigan 2010.

By Peter O’Neil, Vancouver Sun, July 10, 2012

OTTAWA – National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Debbie Hersman said Tuesday Enbridge Inc.’s handling of a massive 2010 crude oil spill in Michigan resembled the “Keystone Cops.”

Hersman also asked if that catastrophic spill, combined with a deadly 2010 pipeline explosion in California, raised questions about the inevitability of future pipeline disasters. Read the rest of this entry

Enbridge fined $3.7 million for 2010 oil spill in US

 US agency says uncovered two dozen violations
Vancouver Sun/Reuters, July 2, 2012

Ruptured Enbridge pipeline in Michigan, July 2010.  More than 20,000 barrels of heavy crude was spilled, contaminating 38 miles (60 km) of the Kalamazoo River.

WASHINGTON, July 2 (Reuters) – The U.S. pipeline regulator on Monday slapped a $3.7 million fine, the largest penalty ever imposed, on Enbridge Inc for a July 2010 crude oil spill which contaminated stretches of the Kalamzoo River in Michigan. The Transportation Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) said its probe uncovered two dozen regulation violations related to the leak on Enbridge’s Line 6B near the town of Marshall, about mid-way between Detroit and Lake Michigan. Read the rest of this entry