On 26 July 19,500 barrels of crude oil leaked from Enbridge Energy Partners Lakehead System pipeline into the Kalamazoo River in southwestern Michigan, US.
An investigation is underway with the cause yet to be determined.
The 30-inch pipeline runs from Enbridge's Griffith facility to Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, and carries about 8 million gallons of crude oil a day. Enbridge estimated that 840,000 gallons of oil spilled before the company could stop the flow.
The pipeline began leaking near the company's pump station at Marshall, Michigan. Enbridge had about 200 employees working to contain and clean up the spill.
Crews were dispatched immediately to the site and were deploying oil skimmers and absorbent booms on the creek and river. The pipeline was shut down, and isolation valves were closed, stopping the source of the oil.
Enbridge is working with regulators and emergency officials. There is no estimated time for a restart of the line.
Source: Franklin Times/ Associated Press