Another pipeline spill makes for another political battle
Pipeline spills aren't good for the environment and they aren't good for politics. They are especially bad for business.
Mon, Sep 13 2010 at 3:26 PM
A COMMON SCENE: Enbridge clean-up efforts in the Midwest are nothing new. (Photo: AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
For the record, the hearing is to review what happened in the Marshall, Michigan pipeline oil spill, which took place two months ago and spilled an estimated 800,000 gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River
. The reason for the confusion is that this is becoming common news in the Midwest.
Currently, clean-up operations are in full-force following another spill,
this time in the Chicago suburb of Romeoville, Illinois. The Romeoville leak poured 600,000 gallons of Canadian crude oil into a retention pound before it was controlled. In January, another Enbridge spill sent 126,000 gallons of crude into North Dakota. In 2007, there were two Enbridge spills in Wisconsin, and since 2003 the company’s pipelines have spilled 12 times in Michigan.
Accompanying all of these environmental impacts, are some political and business considerations. The latest spill in Chicago comes not just after the Kalamazoo spill and the Gulf Oil Spill, and before the Congressional hearings on Enbridge, but also at a time when Enbridge’s rival is getting into the political game.
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