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THE DILBIT DISASTER SERIES 2012

On Sunday, July 25, 2010, Enbridge Line 6B ruptured near Marshall, Mich. and rel
A black goo stopped just 10 feet from the metal cap that marked his drinking water well. Walking on the tarry mess was like stepping on chewing gum.
MARSHALL, Mich.—An acrid stench had already enveloped John LaForge's five-bedroom house when he...
Jun 26, 2012 | Read More
Technicians prepare pipe before cutting and removing the section from the Enbrid
Days of confusion followed the spill. Officials thought they were cleaning up ordinary crude. It was an erroneous assumption Enbridge did not correct.
On Tuesday, July 27, 2010—the day after the biggest pipeline spill of Canadian dilbit in North...
Jun 27, 2012 | Read More
The Kalamazoo River remained closed to the public for almost two years.
'Hearing the oil being described as a totally different product knocked my feet out from under me,' Miller recalls. 'What else have they lied to us about?'
As the fall of 2010 approached, John LaForge could still smell tar when he drove by his old house...
Jun 28, 2012 | Read More
Enbridge oil spill
How big was the spill? Was it tar sands oil? Who will pay? How did animals and ecosystems fare? What happened to the people most affected?
What fines could Enbridge face for its oil spill in Marshall, Mich.? The size of any fines will...
Jun 29, 2012 | Read More
River closed sign near the Kalamazoo River
Proposed federal rules to strengthen pipeline safety won't be in place before construction could begin on the Keystone XL or other new dilbit pipelines.
WASHINGTON—Efforts to beef up oversight of the nation's oil pipelines are progressing so slowly...
Jul 26, 2012 | Read More
Landowner Carol Brimhall
A 2010 oil pipeline spill contaminated Michigan’s Kalamazoo River. Now the line is being replaced, raising the ire of landowners along the route.
The notice that arrived at Debbie and David Hense's home last September didn't seem especially...
Sep 12, 2012 | Read More
A console in the Enbridge oil control room.
InsideClimate News analysis of a decade of federal data shows general public detected far more spills than leak detection technology.
For years, TransCanada, the Canadian company that wants to build the Keystone XL pipeline, has...
Sep 19, 2012 | Read More
Worker cleaning up the Kalamazoo River on Aug. 4, 2012.
Enbridge needs to dredge accumulating oil from 100 acres of the river’s bottom, EPA says. The work could take up to a year and cost tens of millions more.
The hidden, long-term effects of the 2010 pipeline accident that spilled more than a million...
Oct 11, 2012 | Read More
Workers examine pipe being used for the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline
It would cost less than $10 million—roughly 0.2 percent of the Keystone XL's budget—to add safeguards to protect the crucial Ogallala aquifer from spills.
In 1998, activists in Austin, Texas filed a lawsuit to protect their local aquifer from a proposed...
Dec 20, 2012 | Read More
Map of Northwestern Indiana with 6B river crossings.
Despite calls for extra protection for the vital watershed, Enbridge expects to have its final permits from Indiana to begin construction in May or June.
In the northwestern corner of Indiana a major pipeline project is planned that will carry vast...
Dec 27, 2012 | Read More