US regulators announced Monday that Enbridge Inc. plans to restart a pipeline that leaked more than 1,000 barrels of crude onto a field in the state of Wisconsin.
U.S. pipeline regulators last week issued Enbridge a corrective action order, calling for measures to be taken before it would allow the resumption of flows along Line 14, which was halted after a leak was discovered on July 27.
The Department of Transportationâ€™s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) said on Monday that a series of provisions for Enbridge had been met in order to restart the 318,000 barrel-per-day pipeline, which carries Canadian crude to refineries in the Chicago-area.
â€œCommunities across the country deserve to know that the pipelines running underneath their homes, streets and businesses are safe,â€? said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. â€œThat is why we are requiring Enbridge to commit to such a thorough safety plan.â€?
Some of the conditions of the restart include additional aerial and foot patrols of key areas of the pipeline and a temporary reduction in operating pressure, the Transportation Departmentâ€™s pipeline regulator said.
â€œThe amended return to service plan requested by PHMSA on August 1, 2012 was accepted and approved today,â€? Enbridge said in a statement on Monday.