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.
The July, 2010, spill sent more than 800,000 gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River and a tributary, when a 30-inch pipeline owned be western Canada-based Enbridge Inc ruptured.
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.
There are no long-term health effects of submerged oil from last year’s spill in southern Michigan’s Kalamazoo River, a new study from the state says.
Lawmakers are considering plans that could spur major upgrades to the nation’s aging energy pipelines, driven by a string of recent oil spills, deadly natural gas blasts and what they call federal regulators’ inaction.
Oil that has settled at the bottom of the Kalamazoo River is the largest cleanup challenge remaining from a southern Michigan spill of more than 800,000 gallons that occurred nearly a year ago.