U.S. Government Fines Enbridge $1.8 Million for Missing Pipeline Inspection Deadlines

The U.S. government fined Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge Inc. more than $1.8 million for reportedly missing deadlines for pipeline inspections following a record-breaking oil spill in Michigan in 2010.

The fine is the result of the latest legal battle related to a pipeline rupture that caused more than 1 million gallons of crude oil to spill into the Kalamazoo River in July 2010, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Nearly 40 miles of the river, shorelines, and wetlands were polluted, and the pricey cleanup process took about four years.

Enbridge in 2016 had complied with U.S. regulators to conduct additional pipeline inspections to its Lakehead network of about 2,000 miles of pipelines and was to use tools that could detect cracks, corrosion, and other pipeline flaws.

But authorities concluded that Enbridge failed to meet the required timeframe for six inspections conducted last year.

Enbridge denies violating the timeframe set in 2016 but agreed to pay the penalty to resolve the matter.