Pipeline leak stopped, but cleanup could take weeks


Published: September 14,2010

Tags: disaster, energy, environment, oil and gas, oil leak

CHICAGO — A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official says it will take weeks to clean up oil that leaked from a pipeline outside Chicago.

On-scene coordinator Sam Borries says pipeline owner Enbridge Energy Partners will replace a 12-foot section of the 34-inch pipe.

He says a two-inch hole was found in the bottom of the pipe and the leak has stopped, but exactly what caused the failure and the total size of the spill were not yet known yesterday.

Borries says Enbridge has captured about 12,100 barrels of an oil and water mixture from a retention pond and the city’s wastewater treatment plant. Contaminated soil also must be excavated and groundwater tested.

The leak was discovered Thursday in Romeoville along a pipeline that runs 465 miles from Superior, Wis., to Griffith, Ind.

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