NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


NTSB Adding Documents to Public Docket on Pipeline Rupture and Spill Accident in Marshall, Michigan

May 21, 2012

As part of its continuing investigation into the July 2010 pipeline rupture and spill in Marshall, Mich., the National Transportation Safety Board has added additional items to the public accident docket.

About 11:17 a.m. EDT on July 26, 2010, Enbridge Energy Partners was notified of a leak on a 30-inch diameter crude oil pipeline (Line 6B) in Marshall, Michigan. The pipeline had ruptured 17 hours earlier and spilled about a million gallons of crude oil into the immediate area resulting in extensive environmental damage to Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River.

Fifty-eight photographs and 170 documents totaling more than 5000 pages are in the docket. The information being released is factual in nature and does not provide any analysis. It is available now at http://go.usa.gov/pKh.

Additional material may be added to the docket as it becomes available. Analysis of the accident, along with conclusions and its probable cause, will be determined at a later date.

This is a document release only; no interviews will be conducted.

NTSB Media Contact:
Office of Public Affairs
490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC 20594
(202) 314-6100
Peter Knudson
peter.knudson@ntsb.gov

 

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