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Oil from pipeline cleaned up: Enbridge

Workers clean oil from the banks of the Kalamazoo River in Marshall, Mich., in July after an Enbridge pipeline ruptured.

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Enbridge Energy Partners says it has completed cleaning up oil from a leaking pipeline in Romeoville, Ill., southwest of Chicago.

The subsidiary of Calgary-based Enbridge Inc. reported the leak last Thursday and said the line was shut down within minutes.

Enbridge estimates 6,100 barrels of crude oil were released in the leak and all but 50 barrels have been recovered.

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The company said early Monday that the affected line remains shut down and there was no estimate of when the line will be restarted.

The 670,000 barrel-per-day line carries light synthetics, heavy and medium crude oil from Superior, Wis., to Griffith, Ind.

The closing of the pipeline disrupted the supply of crude oil to Midwestern U.S. refineries and translated into higher prices at the gas pump for consumers.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had given Enbridge until noon Tuesday to stop the flow of oil.

Consequences for not doing so vary and ultimately could have resulted in the EPA taking over on site.

This mishap followed a leak in a pipeline in Michigan this summer that leaked nearly 20,000 barrels of crude. Some of the oil seeped into a creek that connects to the Kalamazoo River.

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