GRIFFITH, Ind. (AP) — The operator of an oil pipeline that caused a large
Michigan spill expects it will be at least May before it starts work
replacing a 60-mile section of that pipeline in northern Indiana.
Enbridge Energy had planned to finish by the end of this year the section
from the Lake County town of Griffith into Michigan. Enbridge project
director Thomas Hodge tells The Times of Munster he anticipates state
environmental permits will be awarded in the spring, with the new line
starting operation about October.
Hodge says he believes the project would’ve remained on schedule for a
year-end completion if objections hadn’t led to state hearings being held.
A 2010 rupture of the pipeline near Marshall, Mich., released nearly 850,000
gallons of crude oil.