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Enbridge shuts large Canada-US pipeline after spill

Jonathan Leff, Globe and Mail/Reuters,  Friday, July, 27 2012

Canada’s Enbridge Inc., already under fire from U.S. regulators over a massive oil spill two years ago, said on Friday it had shut a key pipeline indefinitely after an oil leak in Wisconsin.

Line 14, a 318,000 barrel per day leg of the major Lakehead System that carries light crude oil from Canada to Chicago-area refineries, was shut after a spill that released an estimated 1,200 barrels of oil, Enbridge Energy Partners said in statement. The cause of the spill was undetermined. Read the rest of this entry

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 Canada-U.S. pipeline shuts after fatal crash

CBC News, Mar 4, 2012

Firefighters remove vehicles involved in fatal crash that caused an explosion & oil spill at Enbridge facility near Chicago, March 2012

Enbridge Inc. says it has shut down an oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. after a vehicle accident in Illinois killed two people early Saturday morning.
The collision near New Lenox caused a fire just after 2 a.m. CT in the pumping station and killed two men, according to local reports. Read the rest of this entry