Enbridge Making `Good Progress' on Michigan Oil-Spill Recovery, CEO Says

Enbridge Inc. is making “good progress” cleaning up a Michigan oil spill and compensating local residents affected by the release, said Chief Executive Officer Patrick Daniel.

The Calgary-based company does not have a timeline for when the 30-inch pipeline, operated by Enbridge Energy Partners LP, will be restarted, Daniel said today in a conference call. The pipeline ruptured near Marshall, Michigan on July 26.

Oil from the spill poured into the Talmadge Creek before flowing into the Kalamazoo River, coating birds, muskrats and turtles in an oily residue. Enbridge, which carries most of the oil imported to the U.S. from Canada, is finalizing purchases of two homes in the area and will continue to meet with homeowners to discuss damages to their property, Daniel said.

“Our intent will be to maintain those homes and put them back on the market,” he said.

Mark Durno, deputy incident commander for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which is leading the response to the spill, said in a separate conference call today that the “cumulative recovery” of an oil and water mixture is now 82,000 barrels, or 3.4 million gallons.

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