UPDATE: Two Die in Minn. Pipeline Explosion and Fire
Enbridge Inc. and Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. reported that it has received confirmation of the death of two Enbridge employees in an explosion and fire on an Enbridge Energy Partners' crude oil pipeline.
The explosion occurred at approximately 3:45 p.m. CST Wednesday, approximately three miles southeast of Enbridge's Clearbrook, Minn., terminal. All Enbridge pipelines in the vicinity--Lines 1, 2, 3 and 4--were immediately shut down and isolated and Enbridge emergency crews were dispatched to the site.
Enbridge later reported that Enbridge Energy Partners' Line 2, shipping light crude, was restarted at 3:30 a.m. CST. Line 1, shipping light crude and natural gas liquids, was restarted at 4:15 a.m. CST. Line 4, a heavy crude line, at press time was expected to return to service later Thursday morning because it had been confirmed that it was not damaged as a result of the incident. Line 3, a heavy crude line that was directly involved in the incident, remains shut down. Based on a preliminary estimate, Enbridge said Thursday that it may require two to three days to return Line 3 to service.
"On behalf of Enbridge, I would like express our deepest sympathy and concern for all those affected by this incident," said Richard Bird, Executive Vice-President, Liquids Pipelines. "Enbridge staff members are in contact with the families of the victims to offer assistance."
Enbridge will be working with local agencies on site to provide employees whatever assistance is needed at this very difficult time. Enbridge is also working with federal and state authorities to begin a thorough investigation.
Enbridge Inc. is a leader in energy transportation and distribution in North America and internationally. As a transporter of energy, Enbridge operates, in Canada and the United States, the world's longest crude oil and liquids pipeline system. Enbridge also has international operations and a growing involvement in the natural gas transmission and midstream businesses. As a distributor of energy, Enbridge owns and operates Canada's largest natural gas distribution company, which provides distribution services in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, and in New York State; and is developing a gas distribution system for the Province of New Brunswick.
Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. owns the U.S. portion of the world's longest liquid petroleum pipeline and is active in natural gas gathering, treating, processing and transmission. Enbridge Energy Management, L.L.C. manages the business and affairs of the Partnership and its sole asset is an approximate 14 percent interest in the Partnership. Enbridge Energy Company, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Enbridge Inc. of Calgary, Alberta, is the general partner and holds an approximate 15 percent interest in the Partnership.
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