Enbridge Line 5 Back in Service after Brief Shutdown

Enbridge Line 5 Back in Service after Brief Shutdown Photo: WDIO, File

Updated: September 13, 2019 04:04 PM

Enbridge Energy briefly shut down its Line 5 oil pipeline in northern Wisconsin on Friday to check on a faint odor.


Enbridge spokesperson Juli Kellner says the odor was detected by Enbridge environmental inspectors conducting a routine storm water inspection on the Bad River Reservation.  The company dispatched crews to inspect the area and shut down the line as a precautionary measure.

Kellner says response crews were on the scene within an hour.  They detected no odor and found no sign of a release, and remained on scene while the line was restarted as an additional precaution.

"Today was a confirmation that our safety process and protocols are working.  Safety is our number one priority at Enbridge.  Line 5 in northern Wisconsin provides a vital link to propane and other energy supplies for the upper Midwest," Kellner said.

Line 5 carries light crude and natural gas liquids from Superior, Wisconsin, to Sarnia, Ontario.

The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa was notified of the shutdown.  Tribal Chair Mike Wiggins had posted a notice on Facebook urging people to stay away from the area, which is between Pine Flats Road and the Bad River south of Odanah.



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