Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P.

Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P.

September 01, 2010 18:31 ET

News Briefing: Statements From Enbridge News Briefing on Marshall, Michigan Pipeline Leak, September 1, 2010

Excerpt from Joint News Conference, 3 p.m. Eastern Time, September 1, 2010

MARSHALL, MICHIGAN--(Marketwire - Sept. 1, 2010) - Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE:EEP)

Patrick Daniel, President & CEO, Enbridge Inc.

The clean-up efforts continue to go very well. Site A, which is the leak site itself, has been completed. Final documentation is underway now with regard to that clean-up and re-seeding of the five acre site is also underway. We expect to see new growth in that area in the next five to seven days.

As I mentioned in last week's call, the primary scrape of Talmadge Creek was completed. A secondary clean-up has now occurred on the upper end of the creek and with no more sheen some of the absorbent booms are being moved. We're also starting a backfilling program in certain areas along the creek and very early stages of that and the seeding hopefully will start very shortly on the creek as well.

As mentioned earlier, progress on the Kalamazoo River has also been very good since our last press call. I examined some of the clean-up sites via boat and am pleased with what I see on that clean-up effort. That activity is improving daily and yesterday almost two miles of shoreline was effectively cleaned through the day.

Recognize that a secondary clean-up will follow this primary clean-up and in fact has occurred in some areas already along the Kalamazoo. As mentioned in the EPA coordinated call earlier we're working to a September 27th deadline to complete the clean-up of the Kalamazoo River.

I personally continue to work closely with those most affected by the spill and of course our Claims Centers continue to process smaller claims as well.

Just by way of update, we've now purchased three properties and have an additional four homes in final paperwork stages for purchase. An additional 40 appraisals are completed or underway and those residents will decide if they want to proceed with the sale option which will remain open for a year from the spill date.

We're hopeful that this voluntary home purchase program implemented by Enbridge with transactions incurring at full or list appraisal value will provide buoyancy to the real estate market and that was the underlying objective of the program in the first place. We have extended the program to some homeowners outside of the red zone and the zone within 200 feet of the River. These are for special consideration cases only.

Moving on to the pipeline itself, on Monday we successfully completed the pressure test of the pipeline at a pressure well above that at which it will operate. Steve Wuori is going to provide more detail on that test and a brief operational report in a moment.

We've now provided direct employment to approximately 500 Michigan residents and indirectly to probably hundreds of others in providing service to that direct workforce on the clean-up effort. We will continue to transition to a high percentage of local workers as we go forward.

Steve Wuori, Executive Vice President, Liquids Pipelines, Enbridge Pipelines Inc.

Pat has talked a lot about the clean-up so I think I'll focus on the pipeline integrity verification work and has he mentioned we did conduct the pressure test of the 13-mile section of the pipeline that includes the section of the pipe that was replaced after the spill. That occurred on Monday. No leaks occurred during the eight-hour time period of the test and Inspectors from the Office of Pipeline Safety were present throughout that test period.

We also completed ten integrity digs in advance of the hydro test. You'll recall that there was a requirement that we complete a minimum of four. We actually completed ten digs in advance of the hydro test and the results of all of this work were communicated to the Office of Pipeline Safety on August the 31st.

We will continue with the integrity dig program across Line 6B and incorporate the findings as they come available from the investigation into that Integrity Management Plan. Our goal is to ensure the safe operation of the pipeline and return to meeting the energy needs of this region.

Enbridge has launched a website to provide updates and further information about the Company's response to the leak on the 6B pipeline near Marshall, Michigan. The URL for the website is response.enbridgeus.com.

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