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US orders Enbridge to stop Illinois pipeline spill

US orders Enbridge to stop Illinois pipeline spill

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday ordered Canadian-based Enbridge Energy Partners to stop the flow of oil from its leaking pipeline outside of Chicago by noon Monday.
EPA said that Enbridge crews have contained oil spilling from the pipeline and are trying to determine how the leak happened.
EPA spokeswoman Anne Rowan said the pipeline was leaking an estimated 200 to 600 gallons (750 to 2,270 liters) of crude per hour.
"The leak site itself is contained but oil is continuing to drain out of the pipeline," said Enbridge spokeswoman Terri Larson. "As that oil drains out crews are cleaning it up."
The Houston company does not have a timetable for restoring the line to operation but is working to divert its volume to other pipelines and storage facilities.
Enbridge shut the pipeline down after the leak was reported Thursday in the Chicago suburb of Romeoville. Oil spewed onto a roadway and into a nearby retention pond but no injuries were reported.
The company said the pipeline was transporting about 459,000 barrels per day of heavy crude when the leak occurred. The 34-inch (86-centimeter) pipeline can transport as much as 670,000 barrels per day of oil products from Superior, Wisconsin, to Griffith, Indiana.
Earlier this summer, more than 800,000 gallons (3 million liters) of oil leaked from an Enbridge Energy Partners pipeline into a creek that feeds the Kalamazoo River valley about 60 miles (96 kilometers) southeast of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The closure of the pipeline near Chicago, which delivers oil to Midwest refineries, boosted oil prices more than $2 a barrel on Friday amid concerns about how long the supply may be disrupted.
Although oil and gasoline inventories are plentiful, oil traders are concerned that Midwest supplies could tighten if the pipeline stays closed for some time, analysts said.
Enbridge Energy Partners is an affiliate of Enbridge Inc., based in Calgary, Canada.


Updated : 2021-05-12 01:59 GMT+08:00