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Enbridge Investigates Small Oil Spill In NW Minn.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Enbridge Energy Partners says it’s investigating the cause of a crude oil leak at its pumping station in the northwestern Minnesota town of Viking.

The leak was discovered Tuesday afternoon. Enbridge spokesman Larry Springer says a little less than 600 gallons spilled on the ground, or 14 barrels. He says it was completely contained within a protective barrier inside the pumping station perimeter.

Springer says the leak involved a 2-inch pipe that’s part of the pressure measurement system, not the main pipeline itself. However, he says, the main pipeline was shut down for a little over five hours as a precaution while the source was confirmed and repairs began.

He says crews will have to dig up about 50 cubic yards of soil and take it to a disposal facility.

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