A Canadian company’s failure to deal adequately with cracks in an oil pipeline and its slow response to a 2010 rupture in southwestern Michigan likely caused the most expensive onshore oil spill in U.S. history, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.
Federal regulators propose a $3.7 million civil penalty against the Canadian owner of the pipeline, Enbridge, which is based in Calgary, Alberta.
A stretch of the Kalamazoo River reopened for public use Wednesday for the first time since a massive oil spill fouled the southern Michigan waterway in July 2010, officials said.
A company responsible for a 2010 pipeline rupture that spilled more than 800,000 gallons of oil in southern Michigan says it has discovered a small leak in an oil pipeline in the northern Lower Peninsula.
A pipeline company responsible for last year’s more than 800,000-gallon oil spill that contaminated southern Michigan’s Kalamazoo River has submitted a new cleanup plan.
The Environmental Protection Agency says most of the oil still remaining from a July 2010 pipeline leak in West Michigan sits on the floor of the Kalamazoo River and along about 200 riverbank sites.
A hearing has been set on Enbridge Inc.’s plan to replace more sections of a pipeline that leaked more than 800,000 gallons of oil in southern Michigan last summer.
Work is expected to begin next week to replace a pipeline under the St. Clair River.
The clean-up continues from last July’s oil spill which dumped more than 800,000 gallons from an Enbridge oil pipeline into the Kalamazoo River near Marshall.
Health officials say over 300 people reported ill health in connection to the Embridge oil spill in Marshall Michigan last July.