Enbridge Pays Fine for 2010 Oil Spill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
$3.7 million dollar fine closes the books on 800,000 spill.

FILE- In this July 29, 2010, file photo, a worker monitors water in Talmadge Creek in Marshall Township, Mich., near the Kalamazoo River as oil from a ruptured pipeline, owned by Enbridge Inc., is attempted to be trapped by booms. On Monday, July 2, 2012, federal regulators proposed a $3.7 million civil penalty against the Canadian owner of the ruptured pipeline which dumped more than 800 million gallons of oil into the river. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Federal regulators say the Canadian owner of a pipeline that ruptured in 2010 and dumped more than 800,000 gallons of oil into a southwestern Michigan river has paid a $3.7 million fine.
The U.S. Department of Transportation said Monday that the payment sent Aug. 10 closes its enforcement action against Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge Inc.
The company owns a pipeline running from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario. The pipeline burst near Marshall, Mich., spewing oil into the Kalamazoo River system.
The federal agency says the penalty against Enbridge is the largest it has imposed. It cited Enbridge for 24 violations of hazardous liquid pipeline regulations, including failure to fix corrosion discovered as far back as 2004.
It also says Enbridge failed to detect the rupture for 17 hours.


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  • by Greg Location: Lansing on Sep 11, 2012 at 09:58 AM
    That fine is a joke. This company made 1.5Mill/DAY for first six months of 2012. That fine is less than 1% of the profits for the first 6 months of 2012. NFL football players get larger fines than this. Doctors & Insurance companies get sued for more than this. This company damaged the environment, not just temporarily but for long term. How about 1% annually into an environmental fund for the next 25 years.
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