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Enbridge crews working their way across south west Michigan laying a new pipeline

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Absorbent booms collect oil from the Kalamazoo river after an oil pipeline, owned by Enbridge Energy Partners, leaked an estimated 820,000 gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo river in Western Michigan, near Marshall July 31, 2010.
Credit: Reuters/Rebecca Cook
Absorbent booms collect oil from the Kalamazoo river after an oil pipeline, owned by Enbridge Energy Partners, leaked an estimated 820,000 gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo river in Western Michigan, near Marshall July 31, 2010. Credit: Reuters/Rebecca Cook

MARSHALL (WKZO) -- Four years ago, few knew an oil pipeline ran thru South West Michigan.Then the pipe burst near Marshall, causing the worst domestic oil spill in U.S. History. Now they are rebuilding the pipeline and drawing protestors.

Enbridge is spending $1.3-Billion to replace the 6-b pipeline, which will allow the firm to transport more oil at higher pressure, and they say with greater safety.

Enbridge Spokesman Jason Manshum says they have had to hire private security to keep protestors from disrupting construction.

He says they are all for free speech, but not when it endangers the protestors or the workers.

Enbridge is leaving the old line in the ground, and protestors fear that one day it will be reactivated.

 The 6-B pipeline runs from Indiana to Sarnia, Ontario, through southern Michigan. 

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