Clean up crews now say more oil spilled from that pipeline in Clark County than originally thought.
Enbridge Energy Company, owners of the pipeline, now says 52-thousand gallons of oil oozed from a four-foot crack in the pipeline onto a tiny farm near Curtiss. The damaged section of the pipeline has been removed and sent to an Enbridge lab for testing. It's unclear what caused the crack.
Spokesman Larry Springer says vacuum trucks continue to soak up the oil and return it to the start of the pipeline in Superior. The company says the increased amount of oil still has not threatened area surface waters, wells or wetlands.
Springer says the company will return in the spring to restore the contaminated soil that it has since trucked away.
The spill comes just weeks after several environmental groups filed suit trying to stop construction of a larger oil pipeline scheduled to be built along the same path as the one that sprang a leak.