Enbridge, a Canadian oil transport giant, has reached a $177 million settlement with the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over oil spills that occurred in 2010 in Marshall, Mich., and Romeoville, Ill. The settlement includes $62 million in civil penalties to Enbridge – $61 million for the Marshall spill, and $1 million for the Romeoville spill. This the largest penalty for a Clean Water Act violation in U.S. history. It’s the second-largest penalty overall, with only those arising out of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster involving the Gulf of Mexico being larger.
Enbridge will also pay an additional $5 million to allow federal agencies to recover their costs associated with responding to the Marshall spill. This is in addition to the $58 million Enbridge has already paid in reimbursement. Infrastructure and inspection improvements across its Lakehead pipeline system were also required. Enbridge estimates that cost at $110 million.
Source: USA Today
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