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Pipeline operators want to learn from spill


An industry group says oil pipeline operators want to learn from the 2010 spill that polluted a river in southwestern Michigan.

   The Association of Oil Pipe Lines said Tuesday its members will study a National Transportation Safety Board report about the spill of 843,000 gallons into the Kalamazoo River from the rupture of a line from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario,

   The report says missteps by pipeline operator Enbridge Inc. and weak federal regulation are among the likely causes.

   Association President Andy Black says its board last month committed itself to a culture of safety and learning from experience.

   Black says group members spent more than $1 billion last year on pipeline inspection, maintenance and integrity evaluation. He says they're contributing $1 million to a program researching better inspection capabilities.


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