Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Enbridge Beefing Up Its Equipment Just in Case of American Oil Spill

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Enbridge Beefing Up Its Equipment Just in Case of American Oil Spill

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Enbridge to beef up gear in case of spill

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - The Canadian company that owns twin underwater oil pipelines in the area where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet says it's spending US$7 million over the next two years on equipment that could be deployed quickly in the event of a spill.

Calgary-based Enbridge Energy (TSX:ENB) says the nearly eight kilometres of pipelines that cross the Straits of Mackinac between Michigan's two peninsulas have never leaked and are safe.

But senior emergency manager Stephen Lloyd says just in case, the company is ordering additional containment and skimming devices that could suck up oil in open water before it reaches sensitive shorelines.

Environmental groups say the 63-year-old pipes pose too great a risk and should be shut down.

They carry nearly 83 million litres daily to Canadian refineries. …

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