Federal investigators Tuesday were preparing to determine the most likely
trigger of a pipeline rupture that spilled greater than 800,000 gallons of
crude oil into a southwestern Michigan river nearly two years ago.
Staffers had been presenting their findings Tuesday throughout a meeting
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National Transportation Security Board. The five-member panel will determine
whether or not to accept, reject or modify the conclusions prior to issuing a
final report, which will consist of recommendations to enhance pipeline
Oil began leaking from the line July 25, 2010, into Talmadge Creek close to
Marshall, about 60 miles east of Grand Rapids. It spread across roughly 35
miles of the Kalamazoo River, fouling wildlife habitat and closing a sizable
swath of the river to boaters and anglers.
Enbridge Inc., the Canadian business that owns the pipeline, continues to
clean up the oil below supervision of the Environmental Protection Agency and
has estimated its costs at greater than $700 million.
Nearly all the river has been reopened, which includes a 34-mile section
final month. Just a quarter-mile stretch from Christian
Louboutin Bridal the delta between the river and Morrow Lake remains
"It's a significantly various picture than it was a year ago and certainly
than it was two years ago," Ralph Dollhopf, coordinator of the EPA team
overseeing the cleanup, stated Monday.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Supplies
Security Administration last week proposed a record $3.7 million civil penalty
against Enbridge for what it described as 24 regulatory violations, including
failure to fix corrosion issues within the damaged pipeline found as far back
The agency stated crews in Enbridge's control center in Edmonton, Alberta,
waited 17 hours following receiving initial alarms from its Marshall pumping
station prior to closing valves to isolate the damaged section of pipe.
Enbridge is looking for approval from Michigan officials
Christian Louboutin Pointed Toe to replace and enlarge the whole line,
which runs from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario.