Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P.
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Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P.

September 09, 2010 20:01 ET

Enbridge Energy Partners Reports Crude Oil Leak in Romeoville, Illinois

HOUSTON, TEXAS--(Marketwire - Sept. 9, 2010) - Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE:EEP) (the "Partnership") is reporting a leak on Line 6A of the Lakehead System in Romeoville, Illinois. The line was shut down within minutes.

No injuries have been reported. Oil was released onto a roadway and then into a retention pond. There is no current estimate of the size of the crude oil leak.

Enbridge personnel are on site and booms have been deployed as a precautionary measure. The product is being vacuumed by vacuum trucks. Additional equipment and personnel are en route.

"As with all pipeline spills, Enbridge is treating this situation as a top priority," said Terrance McGill, President of the Partnership. "Safety is our top priority and Enbridge will do everything we can to minimize the impact on the environment, neighboring landowners and communities. Enbridge's environmental response team is working closely with local agencies and all emergency officials to complete the clean up as quickly as possible."

Enbridge has notified and is working with the appropriate regulators and emergency officials. The cause of the release has not been determined.

Line 6A is a 34-inch, 670,000 barrel-per-day line transporting light synthetics, heavy and medium crude oil from Superior, Wisconsin, to Griffith, Indiana. It is part of the Partnership's Lakehead System.

About Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P.

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 12 percent of total U.S. oil imports; while deliveries to Ontario, Canada satisfy approximately 60 per cent of refinery demand in that region. EEP'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 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas daily.

Certain information provided in this news release constitutes forward-looking statements. The words "anticipate", "expect", "project", "estimate", "forecast" and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Although Enbridge and its affiliate EEP believe that these statements are based on information and assumptions which are current, reasonable and complete, these statements are necessarily subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties pertaining to operating performance, regulatory parameters, weather, economic conditions and commodity prices. You can find a discussion of those risks and uncertainties in the Canadian securities filings for ENB, and American SEC filings for ENB and EEP. While Enbridge and EEP make these forward-looking statements in good faith, should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary significantly from those expected. Except as may be required by applicable securities laws, Enbridge and EEP assume no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements made herein or otherwise, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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