UPDATE: Oil Spill Cleanup Nearly Complete In Adams County

UPDATED Tuesday, August 14, 2012 --- 5:50 p.m.

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) -- Crews are close to completing cleanup after an oil pipeline spill in Adams County last month.

More than 50,000 gallons of oil was spilled in Grand Marsh, and more than 17,000 tons of contaminated soil has been removed. The Enbridge Energy Partners pipeline has since reopened.

Leaders at Veolia Environmental Services tell WAOW-TV (http://bit.ly/O8t13l) the soil is being hauled to their location in Wisconsin Rapids. There, it will be treated and eventually end up in their landfill.

An Enbridge spokeswoman says the company hopes the majority of the cleanup will be done by Saturday.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources hydrogeologist Tom Hvizdak says the cleanup is going "as well as can be expected:"

The DNR says about 45,000 tons of soil will be removed once cleanup is complete.

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Information from: WAOW-TV, http://www.waow.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Monday, August 6, 2012 --- 11:45 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Federal regulators say Enbridge Energy Partners can restart a Wisconsin pipeline that has been repaired after a July 27 rupture spilled an estimated 1,200 barrels of crude oil just east of Grand Marsh in Adams County.

The consent agreement announced Monday by the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration states that when restarting the line, pressure in the pipe that extends from Superior to the Chicago area must be restricted to no more than 80 percent of the pressure at the time of the failure until the cause of the leak is determined.

Enbridge also agreed to conduct aerial patrols of the line during and after restart to check for any leaks.

Enbridge says the failed section has been replaced and the company plans to reopen the pipeline Tuesday.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Monday, August 6, 2012 --- 4:15 p.m.

Statement from Enbridge:

Enbridge has received approval from Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to restart Line 14.The amended return to service plan requested by PHMSA on August 1, 2012 was accepted and approved today. We estimate that Line 14 will return to service on Tuesday August 7, 2012.

The safety of people who live and work along our pipelines as well as the protection of the environment are our top priority. We will continue to work closely with PHMSA to ensure that the pipeline is safely restarted.

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UPDATED Tuesday, July 31, 2012 --- 1:03 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Federal transportation officials have ordered a Houston-based energy transportation company not to re-open a pipeline after it ruptured and leaked oil into a Wisconsin field.

Enbridge Energy Partners operates the 427-mile pipeline, which carries crude oil to Chicago-area refineries. The pipeline ruptured on Friday afternoon, spilling about 1,200 barrels worth of oil into an Adams County field.

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration announced Tuesday it has blocked the company from restarting the pipeline until it submits a restart plan, analyzes the failed pipe and brings in an independent evaluator to investigate. U.S. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood says he plans to meet with Enbridge leaders about the spill.

Enbridge media officials didn't immediately return telephone and email messages Tuesday.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED: Monday, July 30, 2012 --- 6:00 p.m.
REPORTER: Chris Woodard

An oil pipeline leak near Grand Marsh, in Adams County, has released more than 50-thousand gallons of oil into the area.

Highway G is still blocked off and there are hundreds of people working 24 hours a day to get things cleaned up.

Two days ago Jackie and Roger Brown had no idea what was going on.

Jackie says, "I had heard something during the night but didn't know what it was."

The Enbridge oil pipeline had leaked thousands of gallons of oil just feet from the edge of their property.

Jackie says, "We noticed a smell in the morning when we went outside but we didn't put two and two together. We've never been through this before."

Today Enbridge has several hundred people on the scene of the leak.

They're working to repair the pipeline that began leaking Friday afternoon.

Enbridge VP of U.S. operations Rich Adams says, "We sent out our repair and emergency response crews immediately."

Adams says they're probably looking at an area of 5 or 6 acres impacted

The flow of oil was stopped and by Sunday the leaking pipe was exposed.

One family who live right next to the site of the leak were evacuated and according to Adams may be allowed back soon.

Adams says, "We're going to work with them to be fair and make it right for them."

Now crews are working to scrape away the contaminated soil and remove nearby trees and vegetation.

The Browns showed us some pictures they took near the edge of their property. They show the scraped away soil and piles of affected trees and brush.

Roger says, "I have no concerns. I have a pond that the water table is 30 feet down and no signs of oil there so I'm sure they have it under control."

Crews may have the pipeline fixed by tomorrow but don't know when they'll begin pumping oil, or when they'll reopen Highway G.

The cause of the leak is still under investigation.

Adams says they have put down monitoring wells in the area to watch the conditions and make sure there is no contamination.

It was an Enbridge pipeline that ruptured in Michigan in 2010, releasing more than 800-thousand gallons of oil in Kalamazoo County.

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UPDATED: Monday, July 30, 2012 --- 5:50 p.m.

From Enbridge Energy Partners:

Enbridge continues to make significant clean up and restoration progress at the site. A majority of the contaminated soil has been excavated along with the removal of nearby trees and vegetation. Enbridge is committed to the thorough restoration of the site as quickly as possible.

Repairs are well underway. Crews are in the process of replacing the affected section of pipe. Enbridge is being deliberate in its evaluation of the repair plan to ensure it is implemented safely. Repair of Line 14 may be completed as early as tomorrow. Line 14’s restart will be evaluated after the repair work has been completed.

The safety of people and the protection of the environment are our highest priorities. Enbridge will continue to coordinate its efforts with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). We will conduct site restoration and repair in compliance with all government regulations and our own stringent safety and environmental standards.

We greatly appreciate the support we’ve received from local first responders and the cooperation and patience of the affected landowners and the community.

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UPDATED: Monday, July 30, 2012 --- 10:40 p.m.

From Enbridge Energy Partners:

Crude Oil Release Contained on Enbridge Energy Partners' Line 14

Enbridge Energy Partners, LP reported July 27 that a release of crude oil from Line 14 has been contained. The site is near Grand Marsh, Wisconsin.

At approximately 2:45 CDT, July 27, the Enbridge Pipelines Control Center detected a pressure drop on Line 14. Control Center operators shut down and immediately isolated the line. Enbridge emergency crews were promptly deployed to the site.

No one was injured. The oil has been contained on the west side of County Road G in a field, mostly on the pipeline right-of-way. The initial estimate of the volume released is approximately 1,200 barrels.

"Enbridge is treating this situation as a top priority," said Richard Adams, vice president, U.S. Operations, Enbridge. "We are bringing all necessary resources to bear. Our immediate focus is on keeping our workers and the public safe as we work to remove the oil and clean up the site."

Enbridge has notified and is working with emergency officials and the appropriate regulators. The cause of the release has not been determined and is being investigated.

At this time, Enbridge does not have an estimated time for restart of the line.

Line 14 is a 24-inch, pipeline with capacity of 317,600 barrels per day, installed in 1998. It predominantly transports light crude oil to Chicago area refineries. It is part of the Partnership''s Lakehead System and owned by Enbridge Energy,Limited Partnership, a subsidiary of the Partnership.

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UPDATED: Saturday, July 28, 2012 --- 2:35p.m.

GRAND MARSH, Wis. (AP) -- Enbridge Energy Partners says one of its pipelines has leaked about 1,200 barrels of oil in Wisconsin.

The company said in a Saturday statement that the leak happened Friday afternoon near Grand Marsh. It says it was alerted by a pressure drop in the line, which was immediately shut down. Crews were sent to the site of the leak.

Enbridge says the oil was contained in a field, mostly on the pipeline right-of-way. No one was hurt.

The company says the cause of the spill is still under investigation.

The leak happened in a 24-inch pipeline that mainly carries light crude oil to Chicago area refineries.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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Posted Saturday, July 28, 2012 --- 6:00 a.m.

MEDIA RELEASE:
HOUSTON, TEXAS, Jul 27, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --

Enbridge Energy Partners, LP EEP +1.83% ("the Partnership") reported this afternoon that a release of crude oil from Line 14 has been contained. The site is near Grand Marsh, Wisconsin.

At approximately 2:45 CDT, July 27, 2012 the Enbridge Pipelines Control Center detected a pressure drop on Line 14. Control Center operators shut down and immediately isolated the line. Enbridge emergency crews were promptly deployed to the site.

No one was injured. The oil has been contained on the west side of County Road G in a field, mostly on the pipeline right-of-way. The initial estimate of the volume released is approximately 1200 barrels.

"Enbridge is treating this situation as a top priority," said Richard Adams, vice president, U.S. Operations, Enbridge. "We are bringing all necessary resources to bear. Our immediate focus is on keeping our workers and the public safe as we work to remove the oil and clean up the site."

Enbridge has notified and is working with emergency officials and the appropriate regulators. The cause of the release has not been determined and is being investigated.

At this time, Enbridge does not have an estimated time for restart of the line.

Line 14 is a 24-inch, pipeline with capacity of 317,600 barrels per day, installed in 1998. It predominantly transports light crude oil to Chicago area refineries. It is part of the Partnership's Lakehead System and owned by Enbridge Energy,Limited Partnership, a subsidiary of the Partnership.

About Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P.

Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. ( www.enbridgepartners.com ) owns and operates a diversified portfolio of crude oil and natural gas transportation systems in the United States. Its principal crude oil system is the largest transporter of growing oil production from western Canada. The system's deliveries to refining centers and connected carriers in the United States account for approximately 13 percent of total U.S. oil imports; while deliveries to Ontario, Canada satisfy approximately 70 percent of refinery demand in that region. The Partnership's natural gas gathering, treating, processing and transmission assets, which are principally located onshore in the active U.S. Mid-Continent and Gulf Coast area, deliver approximately 2.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas daily.


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