Thursday, September 23, 2010

Enbridge to repair dent in Line 6B dating to original construction

WASHINGTON - Repairs are in the works for a dent in the St. Clair County portion of the same pipeline that spewed nearly one million gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River.

Enbridge Inc. is to present a repair plan for a dented section of pipe under the St. Clair River by Sept. 26 - at which time it will be under a 60-day deadline to complete that work.

The plan was unveiled before the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as it opened a hearing into the July spill along Enbridge Energy Partners' Line 6B near Marshall.

The spill released about 820,000 gallons of crude oil into a tributary of the Kalamazoo River.

Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, said when she started asking questions about Line 6B and the anomalies throughout the pipeline -- particularly the dent --Enbridge was "quite cavalier about it."

However, in a news release issued late Sept. 15, Miller said she had "received assurances from Enbridge that a remediation plan to repair or replace that section of pipeline will be forthcoming before the end of the month."

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