U.S. Fines Enbridge $3.7 Million for Mich. Oil Spill
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s pipeline regulation agency Monday proposed a record $3.7 million fine against Enbridge Energy Partners (EEP) stemming from a 2010 oil leak from the company’s pipeline in Michigan.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration said its investigation into the July 2010 leak of 20,000 barrels of oil near the Kalamazoo River found 24 violations of federal safety regulations. The spill was one of the largest pipeline leaks in the U.S., closing parts of the river for nearly two years amid cleanup efforts.

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Enbridge faces 3.7 million fine for 2010 oil spill

(Reuters) – The pipeline regulator on Monday issued a $3.7 million civil penalty against Enbridge Inc for a July 2010 crude oil spill, the largest fine ever proposed by the agency.

The Transportation Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) said its probe uncovered two dozen regulation violations related to the leak on Enbridge’s Line 6B near Marshall, Michigan.

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U.S. Seeks Record Civil Fine in Kalamazoo Spill

The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said Monday that it would seek to impose a $3.7 million fine — a record civil penalty — on the pipeline operator Enbridge over an oil spill in the Kalamazoo River in Michigan two years ago.

The spill from the pipeline, which involved at least 800,000 gallons of a form of crude called diluted bitumen, has proved difficult to clean up, and parts of the river remain closed. The pipeline agency, part of the Department of Transportation, found that the company had violated many federal regulations, including failing to follow proper management procedures and using operators without the proper qualifications.

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Record $3.7M penalty proposed for Enbridge Energy role in crude oil spill

WASHINGTON – Federal regulators proposed a record $3.7-million penalty against Canada’s Enbridge Energy on Monday for a July 2010 pipeline rupture that sent hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude oil into a tributary of the Kalamazoo River.

In its report, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration – PHMSA, which is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation – detailed two dozen probable violations of federal regulations, saying Enbridge failed to address potential problems on the line before the break near Marshall in south-central Michigan and didn’t follow its own procedures for responding to the spill.

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Feds Propose $3.7M Penalty for Mich. Oil Spill

Federal regulators proposed a $3.7 million civil penalty Monday against the Canadian owner of a pipeline that ruptured in 2010, dumping more than 800,000 gallons of oil into a southwestern Michigan river.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said the penalty against Enbridge Inc. would be the largest it has imposed. In a letter to the company, the agency listed 24 violations of hazardous liquid pipeline regulations, including failure to fix corrosion problems in the damaged pipe joint discovered as far back as 2004.

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Federal pipeline office proposes $3.7M penalty for Michigan oil spill, agency’s largest ever

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Federal regulators proposed a $3.7 million civil penalty Monday against the Canadian owner of a pipeline that ruptured in 2010, dumping more than 800,000 gallons of oil into a southwestern Michigan river.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said the penalty against Enbridge Inc. would be the largest it has imposed. In a letter to the company, the agency listed 24 violations of hazardous liquid pipeline regulations, including failure to fix corrosion problems in the damaged pipe joint discovered as far back as 2004.

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Enbridge fined $3.7 mln for 2010 US oil spill

* US agency says uncovered two dozen violations * Pipeline spilled more than 20,000 barrels of oil * Enbridge says it is reviewing the order WASHINGTON, July 2 (Reuters) – The U.S. pipeline regulator on Monday slapped a $3.7 million fine, the largest penalty ever imposed, on Enbridge Inc for a July 2010 crude oil spill which contaminated stretches of the Kalamzoo River in Michigan. The Transportation Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) said its probe uncovered two dozen regulation violations related to the leak on Enbridge’s Line 6B near the town of Marshall, about mid-way between Detroit and Lake Michigan.

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