Report on Enbridge oil spill delayed six months

Federal regulators announced on Monday, January 16, that an ongoing report on the oil spill at a pipeline owned by Canadian oil company Enbridge last year will be delayed, according to The Associated Press.

The rupture in Enbridge's pipeline occurred near Marshall, Michigan, in the southern part of the state, but oil seeped into the Kalamazoo River and the nearby Talmadge Creek, quickly spreading beyond the initial oil leak. All told, more than 800,000 gallons of oil were leaked.

However, the National Transportation Safety Board, which is reviewing the incidents, has explained that simultaneous investigations of other pipeline ruptures have delayed the review for the Kalamazoo leak.

"Our investigations look at numerous aspects that could have played a role in the accident, such as maintenance, human factors, pipeline operations, and materials," NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson told the news source. "We’ll also look at the emergency response and environmental remediation efforts to assess how they were handled."

The Calgary-Alberta-based Enbridge has stated it intends to complete its own investigation after the NTSB releases its findings in around six months.

The oil spill puts pressure on Enbridge as it attempts to garner approval for a new pipeline off the coast of British Columbia. Bloomberg reports a local native group has argued against the pipeline because of the risk of a similar spill.

More information on Enbridge can be found at PennEnergy's Research area.

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