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NTSB LAUNCHING TEAM TO INVESTIGATE PIPELINE ACCIDENT THAT SPILLED CRUDE OIL INTO RIVER IN MICHIGAN

July 27, 2010

The National Transportation Safety Board has launched a go-team to investigate yesterday's pipeline accident and resulting oil spill in Marshall, Michigan.

At approximately 9:45 a.m. EDT on 7/26, a 30-inch crude oil pipeline, operated by Enbridge Energy Partners/Pipeline, was confirmed to be leaking into a creek leading to the Kalamazoo River. Neither the exact time of the pipeline failure nor the amount of oil released into the environment has yet been determined.  

The NTSB has dispatched three pipeline investigators to the accident scene. A fourth investigator is en route to Enbridge's pipeline control center in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The team will be led by Matt Nicholson, who has been designated as the investigator-in-charge.

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NTSB Media Contact:
Peter Knudson
peter.knudson@ntsb.gov
(202)314-6100)

 

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of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.