By EDWARD WELSCH
CALGARY, Alberta -- US regulators on Tuesday prohibited
Enbridge from restarting an oil pipeline in Wisconsin, saying
the pipeline company must perform additional tests.
Enbridge's Line 14 pipeline leaked about 1,200 bblof oil
near Grand Marsh, Wis. on Friday, from the same pipeline system
that suffered a catastrophic leak two years earlier in
The US Department of Transportation issued a corrective
order against Enbridge for the Wisconsin spill, saying the
Calgary energy infrastructure company must conduct new tests on
the integrity of the pipeline as well as bring in an
independent expert to investigate the company's pipeline maintenance plan.
"Pipelines operate safely across the country every single day.
That's why accidents, like the one in Wisconsin, are absolutely
unacceptable," US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a
An Enbridge spokeswoman wasn't immediately available for
"I will soon meet with Enbridge's leadership team and they
will need to demonstrate why they should be allowed to continue
to operate this Wisconsin pipeline without either a significant
overhaul or a complete replacement," Mr. LaHood said.
Line 14 normally transports up to 318,000 bpd of oil from
Superior, Wis. to Mokena, Ill.
The line is part of the larger Mainline pipeline system that
transports the majority of US crude oil imports from Canada,
the largest foreign oil supplier to the US.
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