Statements from Enbridge Daily News Briefing on Marshall, Michigan Pipeline Leak, August 3, 2010
Excerpt from Joint News Conference, 3 p.m. Eastern Time, August 3, 2010
Patrick Daniel, President & CEO, Enbridge Inc.
I have just come back from visiting two sites along the river, and we are making very good progress with regard to spill clean-up.
There is a remarkable improvement in the quality of the water along the river.
The shoreline clean-up is also now well under way, but we still have a lot of work to do
I want to emphasize what I have from the outset, that we are going to make this right, and that we are responsible.
I have said before in prior calls that no one has to sue Enbridge to be kept whole. We will pay all legitimate damages to people affected by this spill.
We are now working with people who have been affected and we are addressing their individual damages.
I had many conversations, last night in particular at the community meeting, and people were very gracious and very constructive throughout that meeting and outside that meeting.
One issue that came up repeatedly, and it came up in the earlier session here today, was in regards to home values.
This is just one example of the kind of thing that I heard last night. One couple in the evacuation zone had retired and listed their home a month ago for sale. They want to move to a place where they have chosen to retire.
Enbridge does not want people in that directly affected area to be financially disadvantaged by the spill.
And to ensure that does not happen, and because we are absolutely convinced there will be no diminution in value either in the red zone or the area 200 feet on either side of the river, we’re going to offer a couple of different options to homeowners in the area.
So people who are within the red zone identified by the county health authority, or within 200 feet of the river, and who had put their homes up for sale before the spill, we will buy those homes at full list price.
For people who own homes within the same area, who are concerned with regard to reduction in value or simply want to move as a result of the spill, we will provide them with an option to purchase their homes at the appraised value before the spill.
This offer is going to be open for at least a year and we will discuss longer terms if required.
And again, I am making these offers to people who live in the red zone or within 200 feet of the river. We’re going to stand by the people of this area with a guaranteed offer to ensure that no one comes in to offer them a price for their home at an unfairly low price. That isn’t right and we won’t let it happen.
To others outside this zone, if you believe you’ve also been affected by the spill, I invite you to come and talk with us. We’re going to consider your request on a case-by-case basis as we go forward.
We now have two options for people to reach us in addition to the hotline. We have Enbridge Community Centers that we are opening in Battle Creek and in Marshall.
We expect the Battle Creek center to be open tomorrow, and that’s subject to approval of the Unified Command.
We also expect to open Marshall center this week, so we will also have two store front ways for people to approach us.
With that very quick summary I would like now to turn it over to Steve Wuori to provide a little more detail on the cleanup and our progress along the river.
Steve Wuori, Executive Vice President, Liquids Pipelines, Enbridge Pipelines Inc.
Thank you, Pat. Good afternoon again everyone. I’ll just provide a few details and try not to dislocate what we’ve already heard earlier from Mark of EPA.
First of all, with regards to volume, the best estimate that we have in doing the water well cut and looking at what the crude oil portion of the total removed volume is the estimate that we currently have is 13,000 barrels have now been removed.
Most of what we have managed in the past two days has come directly from the spill site, the more heavily oiled area. There actually is very little volume of oil coming off of the river and what we are adding from this point on is mostly oil that never did reach the Talmadge Creek or the Kalamazoo River.
On the shoreline Pat mentioned that we did visit a couple of sites, just a couple of hours ago. We are continuing with water washing and looking at the best techniques to make the most effective use of water washing up near where the Talmadge Creek comes into the Kalamazoo River and also near the Ceresco Dam.
There is a large - for those that are interested in the more specific geography - there is a large area of lily ponds in a calm area of water just upstream of the dam on the south side
We are looking today at moving that off and beginning the washing of lily pads in that area and also doing some shoreline washing on the banks of the north side.
Elsewhere, we are mostly dealing with sheen and as we heard, a lot of absorbent boom and absorbent pads are being used to soak up sheen.
At the spill site itself, we do have the need for more extensive de-watering. It is very wet and so therefore we’re working through Unified Command to come up with the right plan for the more extensive de-watering that’s necessary for proper disposal of that water as we look to do the final excavation on the pipe and removal of the damaged section.
And that concludes my report for the day.