Enbridge to resume oil flow through pipeline Monday, nearly 2 months after large Mich. spill

By John Flesher, AP
Friday, September 24, 2010

Enbridge to resume oil flow through damaged pipe

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Oil is expected to resume flowing Monday through an underground pipeline that ruptured nearly two months ago and spilled at least 820,000 gallons of oil into a southern Michigan waterway.

Pipeline owner Enbridge Inc. said Thursday the operation would begin Monday morning unless government regulators object.

The company’s restart plan won approval Wednesday from the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The agency says the restart will be monitored by an independent third party.

Enbridge CEO Patrick Daniel says pressure in the 286-mile-long pipe will be 20 percent below normal when the flow resumes.

The pipeline runs from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario. It has been out of service since the leak was detected July 26.

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