oil spill

LANSING, MI--   The following is a press release from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources:

Wednesday, Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Dan Eichinger sent a letter to Enbridge Inc., following up on his request that the corporation enter into a written agreement with the State of Michigan to provide financial assurances to cover all damages and losses caused to property or individuals due to operation of the Line 5 dual pipelines through the Straits of Mackinac.

MOUNT PLEASANT, MI (MPRN)--   A new report says Enbridge Energy may have misrepresented its ability to pay for a Line 5 oil spill. 

While working with the Snyder Administration Enbridge agreed to cover up to $1.8 billion in the event of a Line 5 oil spill. 

Now a study, commissioned by the Attorney General’s office, which is involved in two lawsuits with Enbridge, finds the company may not be able to cover those costs. 

Kelly Rossman-McKinney is a spokesperson for the AG’s office.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan agencies released a new report Thursday detailing the risks of a worst-case scenario oil spill from Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline.

Line 5 lies below the Straits of Mackinac and transports crude oil through the Midwest and into Canada.

The report was led by researchers from Michigan Technological University. It estimates a spill would affect 400 miles of shoreline in Michigan, Wisconsin and Canada. Clean-up could cost the state nearly $2 billion.

MARSHALL, MI (AP)--   Enbridge Energy Partners will pay a $61 million penalty for the costliest inland oil spill in U.S. history under an agreement with federal officials.  

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice announced the settlement Wednesday over a 2010 pipeline rupture near Marshall, Michigan, that released an estimated 843,000 gallons of crude oil. A nearly 40-mile stretch of the Kalamazoo River was polluted as shoreline residents fled their homes.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   U.S. Forest Service officials are awaiting results from groundwater monitoring wells to help determine environmental damage caused by an oil spill in the Upper Peninsula in 1980, which they say they were unaware of until 2012.

The Detroit Free Press reports the Forest Service says it doesn't have enough information to evaluate the extent of the spill by Enbridge in the Hiawatha National Forest and its effects even though groundwater tests so far have not detected contamination.

MARSHALL, Mich. (AP) — A pipeline company says it expects $62 million in fines and penalties related to a Michigan oil spill.
In a filing Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Enbridge says $55 million represents penalties under federal water law. The Alberta-based company says no final fine or penalty has been ordered yet as negotiations continue with the U.S. government.
Enbridge says approximately 20,000 barrels of oil spilled into the Kalamazoo River system, near Marshall, from a ruptured line in 2010.

Water in oil spill area safe, officials say

Jun 5, 2014
Jarrad Henderson / Detroit Free Press

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's health agency says there's no long-term health risk from swimming and fishing in the Kalamazoo River, the site of one of the costliest onshore oil spills in U.S. history. 

The state Department of Community Health said Wednesday it finalized its public health assessment of the July 2010 incident. A pipeline operated by Enbridge Inc. ruptured and spewed hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River in Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties.

Senators question safety of Great Lakes oil pipeline

Dec 12, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP)--   Three U.S. senators have asked a federal agency to check on the safety of an oil pipeline that runs beneath Great Lakes waters. 

Democrats Dick Durbin of Illinois and Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan made the request Wednesday in a letter to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

MARSHALL, MI (AP)--   Federal regulators say the Canadian owner of a pipeline that ruptured in 2010 and dumped more than 800,000 gallons of oil into a Southwestern Michigan river has paid a $3.7 million fine.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Monday that the payment sent August 10 closes its enforcement action against Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge Inc.  The company owns a pipeline running from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario. The pipeline burst near Marshall, Mich., spewing oil into the Kalamazoo River system.

MARSHALL, MI (AP)--   Environmental groups are raising concerns about transporting tar sands oil in underground pipelines on the second anniversary of a spill that polluted the Kalamazoo River.

A pipeline operated by Enbridge Inc. ruptured near Marshall on July 25, 2010, dumping more than 800,000 gallons into the river. It was the most expensive onshore spill in U.S. history, with cleanup costs exceeding $800 million.