Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Update on Enbridge Pipeline Oil Leak in Romeoville, Illinois

From the Enbridge website:

"Sept. 13

Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. this evening confirmed it had completed the drain up of the remaining oil in the isolated pipeline segment on Line 6A in Romeoville, IL, having previously contained the leak.
The Partnership estimates that 6,100 barrels of crude oil were released. Only a small portion of that amount escaped from the immediate area of the leak before Enbridge crews began vacuuming the oil. Virtually all of the oil, approximately 6,050 barrels, has already been recovered.
Approximately 300 personnel and contractors remain focused on safely, quickly and efficiently cleaning up and remediating the affected areas.
Line 6A remains shut down and there is no current estimate of when the line will be restarted. Enbridge's schedulers are working with shippers to divert crude oil volumes to other available pipelines and storage facilities.
“Enbridge personnel continue to meet with businesses, organizations and people in the area to address their concerns,” said Terrance McGill, President of the Partnership. “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.”
“Over the past few days we have been in contact with businesses in the area to keep them informed of our activities and to address any concerns they may have,” Mr. McGill said. He noted that the majority of businesses in the area are expected to be open tomorrow.
Enbridge requests that people seeking updates or information on the release call our hotline at 1-877-440-7158 or visit the website at
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."

Enbridge also recently completed a diluent tank project in Manhattan, Illinois: