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Enbridge Tests Spill Response

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A company like Enbridge has to always be up to date with the latest technology to move crude oil using pipelines...

But in a business like that, it also needs to be ready to respond should disaster strike.

That was being practiced today in Minot on the Mouse River.

Enbridge crews were joined by local first responders for an exercise designed to recover spilled oil from a frozen river.

It was hard work -- cutting large chucks of still very thick ice -- and then using manpower to lift them out.

It's known as 'Ice Slotting'.

(Art Haskins - Enbridge Pipelines) "The way to recover oil from underneath the ice is to create an ice slot. The oil will flow under the ice and come up into the slot. At the other end of the slot you put a skimmer in there and then you can recover that product."

Obviously the condition for the exercise today were brutal.

The stiff wind created conditions that were less than ideal...but Haskins says that makes the training even more realistic.

If a clean-up was needed...it wouldn't matter the conditions.

(Art Haskins - Enbridge Pipelines) "We have to be prepared to respond whether it is 70 degrees in the summertime or it is cold in the wintertime. We have techniques to use if it is fast water or frozen water."

Enbridge currently has the pipeline capacity to move about 475-thousand barrels of crude oil each day...and has hopes of adding more with the proposed Sandpiper line that would run through the heart of North Dakota.

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