Feds Propose $3.7 million Fine Against Enbridge

By: News Ten
By: News Ten

The U.S. Department of Transportation is proposing to fine Enbridge $3.7 million dollars for the oil spill in the Kalamazoo river near Marshall two years ago.

In a written statement sent to News 10 U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said, "We will hold pipeline operators accountable if they do not follow proper safety procedures to protect the environment and local communities."

The statement goes on to say that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's "investigation found multiple violations of its hazardous liquid pipeline safety regulations related to integrity maintenance, failure to follow operation and management procedures, and reporting and operator qualification requirements."

More than 800,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from the Enbridge pipeline into the Kalamazoo River in Calhoun County in July of 2010.

Enbridge has 30 days to respond to the proposed civil penalty from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, a division of the Dept. of Transportation.

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