It seems that as of next Monday, Enbridge Energy Partners will have their final pipeline open after it shut weeks earlier after a large oil spill.
Grand Rapids, MI-based WOOD TV reports that "Enbridge Energy Partners expects to restart on Monday its pipeline that runs through Marshall and leaked an estimated 819,000 gallons of oil, according to a Thursday financial filing.
The federal agency that regulates pipelines gave Enbridge the go-ahead Wednesday to the company's restart plan, provided the company takes certain corrective steps.
Those steps include fixing problems with the pipeline identified as long ago as 2008. Specifically, a report issued in June of that year identified 140 problems requiring action within 180 days.
Forty of those remain unfixed, according to a corrective order from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).
Enbridge now has to fix those problems and others within 180 days of restarting the pipeline. It also has to inspect the pipeline as it is restarted.
If any problems deemed by federal law to be "immediate" are found, they must be fixed within 14 days.
A third-party monitor must also be watching the restart process, according to the corrective order.
And Enbridge must include a schedule and plan to relacing the entire segment of the pipeline crossing the St. Clair River between Michigan and Canada.
Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board have not yet identified what caused the July spill south of Marshall."