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Enbridge Inc. has reopened one of its downed pipelines after finding that a leak scare on Line 10 was a false alarm.

Crude began flowing again Tuesday morning through the 150-kilometre pipe, which connects Westover, Ont. with Kiantone, New York, according to spokesman Glenn Herchak.

It had been closed for roughly 24 hours while the company "investigated the discovery of about one gallon of petroleum-based product when the pipeline was exposed for local utility workers installing a storm sewer," he said.

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No additional hydrocarbons were found, and the roughly four litres of product were cleaned up with absorbent pads, Mr. Herchak said.

"We are comfortable that there has been no leak," he said.

The company closed the line out of "an abundance of caution," Mr. Herchak said, "because the safety of the communities in which Enbridge operates, the lands its pipelines traverse and the people who live and work along the pipeline system is our highest priority."

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