Enbridge spill cleanup unsatisfactory, EPA says
BY MARK DRAJEM & REBECCA PENTY Bloomberg News
Thursday, October 04, 2012
10/04/12 at 3:24 AM
Enbridge Inc. must do more to clean up a 2010 pipeline spill that dumped oil into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday.
The federal agency gave the Calgary, Alberta-based company until next August to complete its clean-up work in those specific areas. The company must now submit a plan in the coming days to perform the work.
The oil pipeline, known as Line 6B, ruptured in July 2010 near Marshall and spilled more than 843,000 gallons of oil, according to the EPA. The 30-inch pipeline, able to carry 290,000 barrels a day of heavy crude oil from Indiana to Ontario, was shut for about two months.
Enbridge is "reviewing" the EPA's order, which it received Wednesday, and will comment further later, Terri Larson, an Enbridge spokeswoman, said in an email.
"To be clear, this is not a formal order or directive," she said.
The oil flowed into Talmadge Creek before entering the Kalamazoo River, coating birds, muskrats and turtles in an oily residue.
Enbridge has earlier clean-up orders from the EPA, and those are still in effect, the agency said.
Original Print Headline: EPA to require more cleanup of 2010 Michigan oil spill