Enbridge Responds to Aquifer Breach at Clearbrook Terminal

Enbridge Responds to Aquifer Breach at Clearbrook Terminal

November 8, 2021 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

Clearbrook, MN — While the Line 3 construction project is now complete with oil flowing through it from Canada to Wisconsin, work is continuing after it was discovered that Enbridge Energy had accidentally breached a groundwater aquifer during construction near the Clearbrook Terminal. The breach occurred in early 2021 and wasn’t discovered until mid-June and it led to the spilling of more than 24 million gallons of water. The Minnesota DNR fined Enbridge $3.3 million and gave them 30 days to stop the groundwater leak. They have yet to meet that deadline, but do claim that the situation is under control. R & J News spoke with Chris Pope, Line 3 Construction Manager, about the situation. Pope explains what may have led to the breach.

Once the issue was realized, Pope says they acted quickly to control the situation and monitor it.

Enbridge is currently working on fixing the groundwater breach. Pope says they have contracted industry experts to address the situation, which could take another 4-6 weeks.

The breach has not and will not have any impact on local water supplies or quality. Pope adds that Enbridge has been at the Clearbrook Terminal for more than 70 years and will make certain that the issue is fixed properly.