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Miller Receives Commitment for Swift Action to Repair Dent Under St. Clair River

by Candice Miller on September 18, 2010

Enbridge commits to September 26th to present repair plan

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congresswoman Candice Miller (MI-10), a member of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today made the subsequent statement following a hearing to investigate the Enbridge pipeline rupture in Marshall, Michigan, as well as the rest of the pipeline which runs under the St. Clair River:

“I have expressed great concern over a dent in the Enbridge pipeline under the St. Clair River that was discovered in August 2009.  Today, I made clear to both Enbridge officials and federal regulators that a rupture similar to the one in Marshall was unacceptable in St. Clair River, which is the source of drinking water for millions of people.  The people of Southeast Michigan need to know that the pipeline is secure.  We have a zero tolerance for failure due to the sensitive location of the dent.  I began to push for information on this problem about a month ago and demanded swift action from the company and the regulators.  Today, we received assurances from Enbridge that a remediation plan to repair or replace that section of pipeline will be forthcoming before the end of the month.

“I also urged the CEO of Enbridge to carefully review a request from the Macomb County Water Quality Board for Enbridge’s participation in a public-private partnership which would support the Water Quality Monitoring System that protects drinking water from chemical spills from Lake Huron to Lake Eerie affecting everyone in Southeast Michigan.  I believe this system benefits not only water users in our region, but also would help serve as an early warning system for Enbridge and other petro-chemical companies along the St. Clair River in the event of a spill.

“I am very hopeful that today’s hearing helped moved the effort forward to protect our water from a disastrous oil spill and to hold Enbridge and the regulators accountable for pipeline safety.”

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