In 2010, a tar sands pipeline owned and operated by Enbridge, Inc, ruptured near Marshall, Michigan, spilling over one million gallons of oil into a tributary of the Kalamazoo River. Soon after the spill, Enbridge embarked upon a project to “replace” 210 miles of that pipeline, known as Line 6B. As property owners along the pipeline route in southeast Michigan directly affected by the project, my wife Katy Bodenmiller and I began this blog as a clearinghouse for information for other landowners and a place for concerned residents to swap stories and share resources in the hopes of keeping Enbridge honest. We were told construction would last about four months; it lasted nearly four years. Consequently, the blog grew.
Here is an account of our early experience in a presentation I gave at the 2012 Pipeline Safety Trust annual conference: