Alberta, Canada-headquartered Enbridge Energy Partners has been ordered to pay a $2.4 million (1.86 million) fine for a 2007 crude oil spill from a pipeline in Minnesota, US, which ignited, killing two workers.
The fine against Enbridge Energy Partners, for failing to safely and adequately perform maintenance and repairs, failing to properly train workers and failing to clear away materials that could ignite, is among the largest the federal agency monitoring pipelines has issued in the last decade.
The agency also assessed two more fines totaling $57,800 against Enbridge, for violations found during inspections in company facilities in Louisiana in 2006 and in Oklahoma last year.
Enbridge spokesman Larry Springer said the company was surprised by the size of the Minnesota fine, since it reacted quickly to that accident and already has made changes to prevent something similar from happening.
Two more fines, $29,000 for failing to monitor internal corrosion and perform valve maintenance in gas lines in Louisiana in 2006, and $28,800 for failing to properly inspect oil storage tanks in Oklahoma in 2009, were also issued against the company.
The company has 20 days to pay the Minnesota fine or to ask PHMSA to reconsider it.
Enbridge's 6B pipeline burst near Marshall on July 26, spilling at least 800,000 gallons of crude oil into Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River, which still is being cleaned up.
Enbridge says the Marshall spill could cost the firm $300 million to $400 million, excluding any fines. All but $35 million to $45 million of that would be covered by insurance, it said.