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Enbridge Inc. is to pay $177 million for river pollution in Michigan and Illinois

Pipeline spills caused a release of over 26,500 barrels of oil into the waters in 2010.

21.Jul.16 2:53 AM
By Alesya Davydova


Enbridge Inc. is to pay $177 million for river pollution in Michigan and Illinois
Enbridge Inc. has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency over the consequences of pipeline leaks in the summer of 2010. The company is now to pay $177 million for clean-ups, preventive measures and fines, Financial Post says.

In the summer of 2010 there were two large spills in the pipelines of Canada’s largest pipeline company Enbridge Inc. The incidents led to a release of more than 26,500 barrels of oil into the rivers in Michigan and Illinois. Controversial clean-up cost more than $1.2 billion.

On Wednesday the company announced that it has agreed to pay $62 million in fines and $5.4 million as a compensation for the government’s clean-up efforts. Moreover Enbridge Inc. is to spend $110 million on preventive measures to avoid such spills and leaks in the future. Last year the company had already paid $75 million to the state of Michigan.

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