Sunday, September 12, 2010

Enbridge Establishes Romeoville Oil Leak and Spill Website

According to its website, Enbridge Energy Partners reported a crude oil leak in Romeoville, Illinois on September 9, 2010.

Enbridge has now established a website specifically for the Romeoville oil leak and spill.

Here is the latest press release from the Enbridge Romeoville website:

"September 10, 2010 at 3:25 PM Central Time:

Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. provides this update on the progress of clean-up efforts in response to the leak that occurred on Line 6A of the Lakehead System in Romeoville, Illinois, on Sept. 9, 2010.

The health and safety of the public and of the people working on the clean-up remain Enbridge's top priority as we respond to the leak.
"We express our apologies to the businesses in Romeoville and surrounding areas for the disruption, and extend our appreciation to emergency responders and regulatory agencies for their professional, diligent and supportive actions," said Terrance McGill, President of the Partnership.
There are now about 200 personnel working on scene and the leak site has been contained. Neither the size nor the cause of the leak has been determined.
"Crews worked through the night to contain the oil," said Mr. McGill. "As a result of their efforts, the site has now been isolated and the oil contained. No new oil is reaching the roadway, the nearby ditch or the retention pond. Enbridge expects to begin excavating the pipeline leak site today or early tomorrow."
"Enbridge's focus is now on removing the oil from the retention pond, roadway and ditch," said Mr. McGill. "We are bringing all available resources to bear to safely and effectively complete this work."
The clean-up is being conducted in compliance with all government regulations and Enbridge's own stringent standards for safety and the environment. Plans for remediation and reclamation of the site will be developed with the input of affected stakeholders and environmental regulators, the state and federal authorities.
Enbridge was notified of the leak at 12:28 p.m. Central Time on Sept. 9, 2010. The line was shut down immediately. Enbridge's schedulers are working with shippers to divert crude oil volumes to other available pipelines and storage facilities. There is no current estimate of when the Line 6A could be restarted.
Enbridge requests that anyone who sees wildlife in distress contact our hotline at 1-877-440-7158. Members of the public should not approach or touch any wildlife affected by the leak. Focus Wildlife and U.S Fish & Wildlife have been notified and will be on site.
Line 6A is a 34-inch, 670,000 barrel-per-day line transporting light synthetics, heavy and medium crude oil from Superior, Wisconsin, to Griffith, Indiana. It is part of the Partnership's Lakehead System. At the time of the leak the pipeline was transporting about 459,000 barrels per day of heavy crude.
Continuing updates on this incident will be available on this website."

Enbridge also recently completed a pipeline and storage tank project in Manhattan, Illinois.

Congresswoman Judy Biggert sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood seeking answers
on the broken oil pipeline.  According to Biggert's website:
“We still don’t know the scope of the spill and local residents are right to be concerned,” said Biggert.  
“My constituents want to know how it happened and could it happen again. 
 That’s why I’m asking the Secretary to provide us with the inspection reports and maintenance plans for
 the pipeline.  Especially after what happened in the Gulf, people need to be able to have confidence 
that the monitoring system works, and if there’s a problem, it needs to be fixed
 immediately -- before a more serious situation develops.”