From Earlier: Enbridge Discusses Investigation and Procedural Changes That Followed Line 6B Accident in 2010
Today, Enbridge Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: EEP) and Enbridge Inc. (NYSE: ENB) received a Notice of Probable Violation (NOPV) from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) following the Line 6B accident that occurred near Marshall, Mich. in July 2010. NOPV's are not unusual after significant pipeline incidents and are one way that PHMSA communicates perceived needs associated with pipeline company compliance and safe operation.
"Enbridge appreciates the hard work and due diligence that PHMSA has put into this investigation," said Stephen J. Wuori, President, Liquids Pipelines, Enbridge Inc. "Safety has always been core to our operations. Enbridge completed a detailed internal investigation of this incident in the fall of 2010 and has made numerous enhancements to the processes and procedures in our control center since the Line 6B accident, including the training provided to pipeline operators, and has made significant changes in this critical component of our operations. Incident prevention, detection and response have also been enhanced. We will carefully examine the NOPV to determine whether any further adjustments are appropriate."
Enbridge has worked closely and cooperatively with all federal and state agencies, including PHMSA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) throughout the investigation of the Line 6B accident, and is now reviewing the NOPV in detail. Enbridge will not comment specifically on the contents of the NOPV until it completes that analysis.
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