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posted: 9/13/2012 11:51 AM

Company defends plans for oil pipeline in Michigan

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Associated Press

BRANDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A company is defending its plans for a new oil pipeline in Michigan, saying the project will meet safety standards.

The Detroit Free Press reports Enbridge Energy sent a letter to local officials dated Aug. 30 disputing claims that the new pipeline might not meet the same standards as one it wants to build in Canada. The Michigan pipeline is replacing one that runs from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario.

The letter points to improvements, including increased pipeline wall thickness and enhanced leak detection.

The letter appears to be in response to a resolution passed in August by Oakland County's Brandon Township, expressing concerns.

Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge Inc.'s current pipeline burst in 2010 near Marshall, dumping more than 800,000 gallons of oil into a southwestern Michigan river.

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