$1B pipeline project could wrap up by end of 2013

Associated Press Modified: May 11, 2012 at 11:00 am •  Published: May 11, 2012

MARSHALL, Mich. (AP) — Construction on a more than $1 billion oil pipeline replacement project in Michigan could wrap up by the end of 2013 if the project gets regulatory approval.

Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge Inc. this week announced plans to replace more than 200 miles of a pipeline that runs from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario. MLive.com and WOOD-TV report that, coupled with previously announced projects to replace other sections, the entire pipeline will be new.

The project could mean about 1,000 jobs. Enbridge says it wants to reduce maintenance needs and restore capacity. The old line built in 1969 would be left in the ground.

A 2010 rupture of the pipeline spilled more than 800,000 gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River and Talmadge Creek in southern Michigan. Cleanup continues from the spill.

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