Enbridge digs up contaminated soil along pipeline in Canada’s Northwest Territories

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Enbridge has dug up nearly 100 cubic metres of contaminated soil at two spots along the Norman Wells pipeline. (Submitted by Todd Nogier) CBC.caCompany will not confirm if contamination is result of a spill

Enbridge has dug up nearly 100 cubic metres of contaminated soil at two spots along the Norman Wells pipeline in Canada’s Northwest Territories.

Enbridge spokesperson Todd Nogier will not confirm if it’s a spill from the pipeline until there is an investigation.

However, the contaminated soil was found when the company was inspecting two areas already identified as potential weak spots on the pipeline.

“There is a feature that we have taken a look at based on our inspection tool analysis,” Nogier said. “We have contaminated soil there. But again I can’t make any firm determination until we have completed our investigation.”

The company temporarily shut down the pipeline to re-enforce the two sections, which are located about 60 and 120 kilometres west of the community of Fort Simpson, N.W.T.

Nogier said there was no free flowing oil in the area and they believe they’ve dug up all the contaminated soil.

And they could have the results of their investigation as early as next week, depending on the weather.

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