Reader's View: Unreported spill shakes confidence in Enbridge

A leak is bad enough, but failing to report it is worse.

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After reading about Enbridge’s pipeline leak near Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, in 2019 and the company’s failure to alert residents or the state for more than a year ( “Wisconsin regulators, residents question pipeline spill Enbridge failed to report for over a year ,” March 31), my first thought was this: Can we trust Enbridge?

A leak is bad enough, but failing to report it is worse.

In 2010, Enbridge testified to Congress that it could detect a leak “almost instantaneously.” According to a spokeswoman, the company knew about this leak. It apparently decided to keep it quiet.

The company’s website claims it had only “seven reportable spills in 2019,” but was the Fort Atkinson incident counted?

Enbridge seems to take liberty in determining what is “reportable” and what isn’t. Where’s the accountability?


A leak of any size is a serious environmental issue, and the fact Enbridge kept this one secret for a year is concerning — especially when the company has one of the worst safety records in the industry. Across the Enbridge pipeline system, there were 1,068 spills that dumped 7.4 million gallons of oil into the environment between 1999 and 2013, according to the Sierra Club and others. There is no telling how many leaks might have gone unreported or whether reporting was delayed.

After the Fort Atkinson leak, it is really hard to believe Enbridge has the best interests of the communities surrounding its pipelines in mind. Despite all its touting of safety, can we really trust what it says or that the company will do the right thing?

How many leaks will there be on Line 3 that go unreported or are conveniently underplayed?

History is a good predictor of the future, and with the Fort Atkinson incident, Enbridge’s history is questionable.

There is too much at risk to let Line 3 become operational.

Douglass Keiser



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