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The health and safety of those living near the pipeline system cannot be compromised

Saturday, September 11, 2010 15:36
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Enbridge pipeline leaks oil in suburban Chicago

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. — A Congressional hearing into an oil spill in Marshall that contaminated the Kalamazoo River has been set for Sept. 15. Meanwhile, the same company responsible for that spill experienced a leak Thursday in an oil pipeline in suburban Chicago.

A section of Enbridge Energy Partners pipeline in the suburban Chicago village of Romeoville leaked oil onto a roadway and into a retention pond, the second spill over the past six weeks on the company’s Lakehead pipeline system.

“This most recent spill by Enbridge along Line 6A in Illinois left me stunned, but not entirely surprised,” said U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer, D-Battle Creek. “It once again demonstrates the company’s apparent inability to safely operate their pipeline system. It is a reminder of the urgency of fixing all defects in Line 6B, the line that ruptured in Michigan, before it can be restarted. The health and safety of those living near the pipeline system cannot be compromised.”

Emergency response crews with the company responded to the Romeoville spill at about noon, deploying containment boom and using vacuum trucks to suck up the oil, said Terri Larson, spokeswoman for Enbridge. The oil also impacted a local sewage treatment plant, she said.

“The oil is isolated and contained,” Larson said. “We are currently working to get it all cleaned up.”

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