Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2021-04-30 15:13:28 –
Madison, Wisconsin (AP) —Hundreds of Embridge Energy after environmental regulators said Canadian companies did not promptly report a 2019 leak from a pipeline near Fort Atkinson in southeastern Wisconsin. Faced with a $ 10,000 fine.
More than 1,200 gallons of petroleum products leaked from underground pipelines, contaminating soil and groundwater with toxic chemicals, according to reports submitted by pipeline companies to state and federal authorities.
The Wisconsin Journal reported on Friday that the Department of Natural Resources had informed the company this week that it had violated two sections of state law by waiting more than 15 months and reporting a leak.
The DNR is planning a meeting with Embridge on May 17, discussing alleged violations and saying authorities will decide on its enforcement decision. Violations can result in fines of up to $ 5,000 per day.
“We are working with DNR to review the reporting process and make improvements as needed,” Enbridge spokeswoman Juli Kellner told State Journal.
The 20-inch pipeline extends from Manhattan, Illinois to a terminal in Canada and carries “diluents,” petroleum products used to dilute crude oil for transportation.
A leak was discovered and repaired three weeks after the odor was detected during a regular site visit in April 2019, but Embridge did not notify authorities for 15 months. The threshold for non-gasoline petroleum products is 5 gallons, but state law requires immediate reporting of toxic spills.