The Indiana Department of Environmental Management said a new pipeline that would ferry tar sands oil across Northwest Indiana poses no significant risk to water quality in the region. But local environmental groups see cause for concern in lax state and federal regulations, wary of energy company Enbridge’s checkered past.
In 2010 Enbridge’s Line 6B pipeline ruptured near Marshall, Mich., spilling more than one million gallons of crude oil into the Kalamazoo River. Years later the cleanup drags on. With a price tag of $810 million, it is the most expensive oil pipeline spill in U.S. history.
Line 6B begins in Griffith, Ind., less than 10 miles from the Illinois border. The pipeline crosses three river systems in its 60-mile journey across Indiana, all within 20 miles of Lake Michigan through Lake, Porter, LaPorte, and St.