Enbridge shuts-in, restarts pipeline in New York as a precaution

By Phaedra Friend Troy

On Monday, Enbridge Energy Partners (NYSE:EEP) shut-in its Line 10 crude oil pipeline in New York, but restarted the transport line within a day. 

A portion of the Line 10 pipeline, which transports crude from Westover, Ontario to Kiantone, New York, was excavated for work on a storm sewer, and less than a gallon of petroleum product was observed on the casing of the pipeline. 

The suspicion of a possible low-volume leak led Enbridge to shut-in the pipeline as a safety precaution, an Enbridge spokeswoman told PennEnergy. 

The presence of hydrocarbons on the line was thoroughly investigated, and no leak was determined. 

The pipeline has since been restarted, and Enbridge will continue to closely monitor the pipeline for 24 hours on location and then remotely. 

Line 10 is a part of the massive Enbridge-operated Lakehead pipeline system, which in 2009 delivered nearly70 percent of Canadian oil exports to US markets. Measuring 91 miles long, the Line 10 pipeline transports condensates, light synthetics, and sweet light and high sour medium and heavy crude. 

Currently, there are two different sections of the Lakehead system that are shut-in due to oil spills.

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