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Enbridge Possibly Hits Something, Sewage Spills

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HOWELL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLNS) - While Enbridge was working on its $286 million oil pipeline through Ingham and parts of Livingston County, they may have hit something they weren't supposed to, which caused quite the mess.

 

Officials say "there was 150,000 gallons of water and sewage that came out of the broken pipes."

They have been working in the area for over a year, but the damage occured when they had to build the pipeline right under this intersection. They may have hit water and sewer lines under the roadway at Grand River and Burkhart and it will be an expensive problem to fix. Township Trustee Mike Tipton says the township won't be able to afford it.

"The estimate is a pretty wide estimate from $500,000 to $1 million. I'm going to be the first guy to tell you that I think that might be a little light," said Tipton.

That's because the breached water lines created, created a big sinkhole that needed to be covered on the road and also badly damaged utilities underground. "There's electrical, cable, a lot of utilities, and it's a very congested area underground," Tipton added. 

 

 

In a statement to 6 News, Enbridge Energy said that the county is leading the investigation into the incident and "We recognize that we have a role to play in resolving the situation and will work with the county when that time comes."

 

Tipton says both sides are looking at the incident and are trying to figure out a plan to fix it.

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