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New Enbridge pipeline complete

by Candice Miller on June 20, 2011

By CRYSTAL GARCIA
Times Herald
http://www.thetimesherald.com/article/20110620/NEWS01/106200314
Work on the Enbridge oil pipeline is complete following a rupture in the old line.
 
The pipeline, which runs under the St. Clair River from Marysville to Sarnia, has been in service since Friday, Enbridge spokesman
Joseph Martucci said.
 
The 3,500-foot pipeline segment was installed in February and early March. Enbridge Inc. is based in Calgary, Alberta.
 
The new pipeline is 30 inches in diameter. Enbridge discovered a dent in 2009 in the old pipeline under the St. Clair River. That pipeline, which runs from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, was built in 1969.
 
A portion of the line ruptured in July near Marshall, spilling about 800,000 gallons of crude oil into the
Kalamazoo River.
 
Last week, crews worked on both sides of the river to complete the tie-in of the newly installed pipeline to the existing portion of Line 6B. New valves also were installed, Martucci said.
 
The original segment of the pipeline has been decommissioned, which included removing oil, filling it with nitrogen and capping it at both ends, Martucci said.
 
During the next few weeks, crews will remove construction materials and restore the work site area within Marysville Park, he said.
 
“We appreciate the patience and cooperation of local residents and city officials during the process,” Martucci said.
 
U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, has been following the work closely and is glad everything was completed
safely.
 
“We appreciate the quick, professional response of Enbridge to complete this project,” Miller said in an email. “We can all rest assured that this new pipeline will safely carry the energy we need, while ensuring no accidental spills into our water supply.”

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