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Officials blame Enbridge for worst inland spill in US history

 American safety regulators are placing the blame for a 2010 Michigan oil spill squarely on Enbridge's shoulders. A US National Transportation Safety Board official says Enbridge handled the spill like "Keystone Kops." 

THE NTSB says the company committed 24 regulatory violations--including failure to fix corrosion problems over a 5 year period. The NTSB say crews in Enbridge's control center in Edmonton waited 17 hours after receiving initial alarms before closing valves to isolate the damaged section of pipe.

Over 800-thousand gallons of oil sands crude spilled into the Kalamazoo river.

It was the worst inland oil spill in U-S history, and cost almost a billion dollars to clean up.

Daybreak North heard first from NTSB chair Deborah Hirshman.

Then we spoke with CBC reporter John Northcott in Washington D.C.


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