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UPDATE: Oil pipeline operator allowed to re-open line

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 6 August 2012: The DOT says Enbridge Energy engineers can re-open a pipeline that spilled more than 50,000 gallons of oil in Adams County in July.

The federal government required the company to create a restart plan before it could restart operations.

Last week Enbridge Energy's public affairs advisor Jennifer Smith told Newsline 9 that the failed section of pipe had been replaced.

The DOT says they will hold weekly meetings with Enbridge Energy to make sure safety requirements are being followed.

According to a news release, Enbridge promised to make changes, including an aerial patrol of the line during and after restart to check for any leaks. The release also details Enbridge officials' commitment to run 80-percent of the pressure used during the failure until the cause of the leak is determined.

An official with Enbridge says they plan to re-open the pipeline tomorrow, August 7th.


31 JULY 2012: A national safety agency will not allow operation to resume in an Adams County oil pipeline until Enbridge Energy comes up with a restart plan.  The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a statement today.  

According to a press release, PHMSA's corrective action order called the July 27, 2012 rupture of the 24-inch diameter line hazardous to life, property and the environment.  Enbridge must submit a restart plan for the entire 467-mile pipeline segment to PHMSA for approval before operations may resume. 

Enbridge must also conduct further testing and analysis.
Newsline 9 placed a call to officials at Enbridge Energy.


28 July 2012: ADAMS COUNTY (WKOW) -- Crews are making progress with the cleanup near Grand Marsh after an oil spill Friday.

A spokeswoman with Enbridge Energy Partners says they've already cut out the section of pipeline that leaked almost 50,000 gallons of oil.

They expect to have the pipe replaced by Monday. That is when they'll decide whether to restart the line.

It runs from Superior to Chicago carrying light crude oil to area refineries. 

Officials say they've contained the spill and they're still investigating the cause.

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ADAMS COUNTY (WKOW) -- Enbridge Energy Partners, LP says about 1,200 barrels of crude oil was released at their site near Grand Marsh, Wisconsin.

According to the company, the line has been contained. It happened at about 2:45 p.m. Friday. The Enbridge Pipelines Control Center detected a pressure drop on Line 14. The company says operators shut down and immediately isolated the line. Emergency crews were sent to the site.

No one was injured. The oil has been contained on the west side of County Road G in a field, mostly on the pipeline right-of-way.

"Enbridge is treating this situation as a top priority," said Richard Adams, vice president, U.S. Operations, Enbridge. "We are bringing all necessary resources to bear. Our immediate focus is on keeping our workers and the public safe as we work to remove the oil and clean up the site."

Enbridge has notified and is working with emergency officials and the appropriate regulators. The cause of the release has not been determined and is being investigated.

At this time, Enbridge does not have an estimated time for restart of the line.

Enbridge officials say Line 14 is a 24-inch, pipeline with capacity of 317,600 barrels per day, installed in 1998. It predominantly transports light crude oil to Chicago area refineries. It is part of the Partnership's Lakehead System and owned by Enbridge

Enbridge has more details on their website and a list of common questions and answers through this link.

 

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