SOURCE: Enbridge

Enbridge

January 10, 2010 18:40 ET

Enbridge Energy Partners Lakehead Pipeline System Reports Crude Oil Spill in North Dakota

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - January 10, 2010) - Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: EEP) (the "Partnership") today reported that clean up was continuing on a crude oil leak, which was confirmed Saturday on Line 2b on the Enbridge Lakehead Pipeline System. An initial spill estimate of approximately 3,000 barrels (126,000 gallons) of light crude oil was reported to federal and state regulatory authorities.

The leak, which is located in Pembina County, North Dakota, was detected by the Enbridge pipeline control center at approximately 11:30 p.m. CT, Friday, Jan. 8. The pipeline was immediately shutdown and isolated by closing valves upstream and downstream of the suspected leak site. The leak is contained within the Enbridge right-of-way, and no water or wildlife have been affected.

Enbridge employees and contractors are on site removing crude oil from the affected section of the pipeline right-of-way. The cause of the leak is under investigation by Enbridge and pipeline regulatory authorities.

Line 2b runs from Cromer, Manitoba, to Superior, Wisc. The segment of Line 2b between Cromer and Clearbrook, Minn. likely will remain out of service through Monday, Jan. 11. Oil that was designated for transportation on Line 2b is being moved on other Enbridge pipelines that parallel Line 2b until service is restored on that pipeline. Line 2B, from Clearbrook to Superior, Wisc., is continuing to move volumes sourced from Enbridge's North Dakota System as well as re-routed volumes from upstream of Cromer on Line 2b.

Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. (www.enbridgepartners.com) owns and operates a diversified portfolio of crude oil and natural gas transportation systems in the United States. Its principal crude oil system is the largest transporter of growing oil production from western Canada. The system's deliveries to refining centers and connected carriers in the United States account for approximately 11 percent of total U.S. oil imports; while deliveries to Ontario, Canada, satisfy approximately 60 percent of refinery demand in that region. The Partnership's natural gas gathering, treating, processing and transmission assets, which are principally located onshore in the active U.S. Mid-Continent and Gulf Coast area, deliver approximately 3 billion cubic feet of natural gas daily.

Enbridge Energy Management, L.L.C. (NYSE: EEQ) (www.enbridgemanagement.com) manages the business and affairs of the Partnership and its sole asset is an approximate 13 percent interest in the Partnership. Enbridge Energy Company, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Enbridge Inc. of Calgary, Alberta, (NYSE: ENB) (TSX: ENB) (www.enbridge.com) is the general partner and holds an approximate 27 percent interest in the Partnership.

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