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Michigan Oil Pipeline Could Restart Monday

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Michigan Oil Pipeline Could Restart Monday

The gash in Enbridge Line 6B, near Marshall, Mich., spilled more than 800,000 gallons of oil. (Photo courtesy of the National Transportation Safety Board)

A major pipeline that leaked more than 800,000 gallons of oil earlier this summer is scheduled to restart this morning.

The pipeline owned by Enbridge Energy runs from northwest Indiana to Canada. It’s been shut down since late July, when a gash in a section of pipe in southern Michigan began leaking oil into the Kalamazoo River.

Enbridge says the pipeline has been fixed, and will operate below capacity at first, under the watchful eye of federal regulators.

Enbridge had to shut down another pipeline earlier this month when it sprung a leak in southwest suburban Romeoville.

That double whammy - two Midwestern oil arteries closed at the same time- caused gas prices around Chicago to spike. The Romeoville line has since been repaired and re-started. And oil market watchers say gas prices should drop once both lines are up and running again.

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