Regulators OK Michigan oil pipeline replacement - Feb 1st, 2013 - Local

— Regulators have given permission to finish replacing the Michigan section of an underground pipeline that ruptured in 2010 and dumped more than 800,000 gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River.

The Michigan Public Service Commission said Thursday that it has approved an application by Enbridge Inc. to build and operate 160 miles of pipeline that will run through 10 counties. The company also can install new facilities along the route.

The commission says the pipeline will serve a public need, is designed in a reasonable manner and meets or exceeds safety and engineering standards.

Enbridge plans to replace the entire line, which runs from Griffith, Indiana to Sarnia, Ontario.

Federal regulators ordered the Calgary, Alberta-based company to pay a $3.7 million penalty after the spill in July 2010.