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
Staffers had been presenting their findings Tuesday throughout a meeting Christian Louboutin Shoes
of the 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 safety.
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 closed.
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 as 2004.
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.