By EDWARD WELSCH
CALGARY, Alberta Enbridges safety and
management practices will be audited by Canada's federal energy
regulator in the wake of a critical report on Enbridge's 2010
spill in Michigan by US regulators.
Canada's National Energy Board is reviewing the Calgary
pipeline company's management practices and safety record,
according to a letter from the regulator's chairman.
"In the next weeks and months, we will be conducting safety
audits to review and confirm that improvements, particularly to
their control room practices in Edmonton, are satisfactory,"
NEB chairman Gaetan Caron said in the letter.
The audits come after the US National Transportation Board
released last month a report critical of Enbridge's handling of
a 2010 crude oil spill in Marshall, Mich.
In the report, the NTSB said that Enbridge's control room
acted like Keystone Cops, failing to adequately
maintain a crude oil pipeline and then making the spill worse
by trying to restart the pipeline before they realized it had
Mr. Caron said in his letter that the NEB would thoroughly
review the US report and apply its lessons to pipelines and
companies in Canada.
He also said that the NEB had been reviewing
Enbridge's management practices even before the
NTSBs final report on the spill had been released.
Enbridge spokesman Todd Nogier said the company will
cooperate with the NEBs review of the changes it made to
its operations following the incident in Marshall.
We want the industry to be as safe as it can be for
everyone, for the public, for our team members and for the environment, he said.
The July 2010 incident spilled about 20,000 bbl of oil into
the Kalamazoo River and was the costliest on-shore spill in US
history, the NTSB said.
An Enbridge pipeline in neighboring Wisconsin also leaked
last week, spilling some 1,200 bbl of oil. The Department of
Transportation blocked Enbridge from restarting the line
Tuesday, asking Enbridge to conduct additional integrity
Both pipelines are part of Enbridge's Mainline system, a
series of pipelines that carries the majority of the crude oil
imports into the US from Canada, which is the largest US
supplier of foreign oil imports.
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