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NEWS: Enbridge ordered to dredge the Kalamazoo River

The Canadian Press reports, “Calgary-based energy giant Enbridge is being ordered by US authorities to do more to clean up a big oil spill that happened in southwest Michigan more than two-and-a-half years ago. About three million litres of oil leaked from an Enbridge pipeline that ruptured in July 2010 near Kalamazoo.”

The article adds, “The US Environmental Protection Agency says it’s still finding oil in parts of the Kalamazoo River and is ordering Calgary-based Enbridge to do more dredging to remove submerged oil. The agency is also ordering Enbridge to maintain sediment traps throughout the river to capture oil outside the area being dredged.”

CBC has previously reported, “Enbridge pipeline controllers in Edmonton ignored repeated leak warnings for 17 hours before shutting down a pipeline that poured 20,000 barrels of oil into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan in July 2010, says a report from the US National Transportation Safety Board. The report details how pipeline-monitoring staff in Enbridge’s Edmonton control room could not agree that a leak had occurred, while ignoring alarms that should have triggered a shutdown of the pipeline within 10 minutes of the leak occurring.”

Enbridge is pursuing both the Northern Gateway pipeline through British Columbia, the reversal of the Line 9 pipeline through Ontario and Quebec, and is seeking to increase the capacity of the Alberta Clipper pipeline through Minnesota and Wisconsin. It will be holding its annual shareholders’ meeting on May 8, starting at 1:30 pm, at the Metropolitan Conference Centre in Calgary.

For more, please read:
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UPDATE: Blockade challenges Enbridge Alberta Clipper pipeline
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