STOCKBRIDGE, Mich. (WOOD) - The Enbridge Energy oil pipeline that runs through the Marshall area was shut down Wednesday night because "anomalies" found in the pipe southeast of Lansing "needed more immediate attention," a company spokeswoman told 24 Hour News 8 on Friday.
Anomalies can be found even in new pipelines, Enbridge officials have said.
But something about the issues found in Ingham County near Stockbridge prompted an immediate reaction.
The pipeline in question leaked an estimated 819,000 gallons of oil into the Tallmadge Creek near Marshall this summer. Oil traveled into the Kalamazoo River.
In this case, there is no leak, Enbridge representatives said Friday. And the situation is not an emergency, spokesman Michael Smith stressed.
The company wanted to err on the side of caution, he said, in part because the anomalies were found with a newer inspection tool. Employees didn't have as much experience with it as they do other tools, the spokesman said.
The discovery showed that the company's monitoring equipment is doing what it is supposed to do, Larson said.
Crews have excavated three sites in the Stockbridge area where company representatives said the anomalies were found.
Suzin Greenway lives next door to one of the sites. Enbridge workers had been in the area for more than a week, she said.
Then on Thursday, "they started digging a hole closer to my house ... they worked all night with giant spotlights and many people working all night," she said. Greenway said the company should have told her what it was doing, but didn't.
Still, she said, she's "very glad" that the company is inspecting the pipelines "because they did have such a bad problem with the Kalamazoo River -- and it's only in their best interest to not have that again also."
On Friday, crews were at another of the Stockbridge-area sites. Smith said they were examining the exterior of the pipe.
Until the visual inspection is finished, he said it would be hard to say exactly what the anomalies are.
"An anomaly can be anything from a scratch, to a dent, to a spot of corrosion -- to something that's a little more serious," the spokesman said.
There's no set timeline for the inspection, Smith said, and workers will take as long as is necessary to do an accurate job.
After federal regulators allowed Enbridge to reopen the pipeline following the Marshall-area spill, they gave the company a six-month deadline to address some anomalies that had already been identified. 24 Hour News 8 placed a call to Enbridge to determine progress on meeting that deadline. The call has not yet been returned.
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