Indiana-Michigan-Ontario pipeline plan questioned

Indiana environmental groups are raising concerns about Enbridge Energy's plans to replace 60 miles of oil pipeline near Lake Michigan as part of a project for carrying Canadian crude through Michigan.

A 2010 leak in the pipeline dumped more than 800,000 gallons of crude into Michigan's Kalamazoo River system near Marshall.

The Times of Munster, Ind., reports that Indiana officials approved a water quality certification permit in April for the new pipeline Enbridge will install across four northern Indiana counties. Environmentalists say the safeguards aren't enough.

The pipeline project is part of Enbridge's $1.6 billion project to replace the entirety of a 286-mile-long pipeline that runs from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario, to supply expanding refineries with more crude. It will more than double the pipeline's capacity.

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