Enbridge approved to restart Line 6B crude pipeline after oil leak in Michigan

By Phaedra Friend Troy

The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has approved Enbridge Energy Partners’ (NYSE:EEP) restart plan for the Line 6B crude oil pipeline

A part of the massive Lakehead System, Line 6B has been shut down since late July due to an oil leak that occurred in Marshall, Michigan.

The first of two federal approvals needed, the PHMSA approval of the restart plan requiresEnbridge to complete a number of additional steps before the pipeline can be put back into service. The second approval will cover the actual restart of the pipeline. 

Enbridge plans to meet the preliminary requirements and get the pipeline into position to receive PHMSA's final approval for the restart of Line 6B by Monday, Sept. 27. 

One of two Lakehead pipelines that leaked oil this summer, Line 6B is a 30-inch-diameter, 283,000-barrel-per-day pipeline that transports light synthetics and heavy and medium crude oil from Griffith, Indiana, to Sarnia, Ontario.

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