Enbridge Has Another Oil Spill

Enbridge Has Another Oil Spill December 20, 2014

Surprise, surprise, Enbridge has had yet another oil spill and has had to shut down a pipeline that runs through Michigan. 57,000 gallons of oil spilled in Saskatchewan, forcing them to shut off Line 4, which runs through part of Michigan (not the one under Lake Michigan, that’s Line 5).

Canadian energy delivery company Enbridge Inc. has temporarily shut down and isolated one of its crude oil pipelines that connects to the United States after a 1,350-barrel, or 56,700-gallon oil spill, the company reported Wednesday evening.

While the company said it’s not sure how long the cleanup will take or when the pipeline will be re-opened, it insisted that no oil was spilled out of the area within the Regina Terminal in Saskatchewan, where the incident occurred. It’s not yet clear what kind of oil was released — the 796,000 barrel-a-day Line 4 pipeline, which connects to a terminal in Wisconsin, carries heavy, medium, and light sour crude.

“There are no impacts to the public, wildlife or waterways,” Enbridge said in a statement. “Nearby residents and businesses may detect a faint odour.”

A spokesman for Enbridge told Reuters that the spill happened because of a problem with a valve within the terminal, and not because of a problem with the actual pipeline. He called it a “relatively easy fix,” but did not give a timeline for when the system would be back in action. Bloomberg News reported Thursday that Canada’s National Energy Board would meet with Enbridge officials on Friday to discuss when the line could return to service.

Yeah, it’s funny how every time there’s an oil spill, the company responsible says there will be either no or a very limited impact on the public and the environment. Because that’s totally credible, isn’t it?

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