The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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May 29, 2012

Firm pays $1M for spills in Iowa, Neb., Kan.

OMAHA, Neb. — The Texas-based pipeline company paying a fine of more than $1 million says it is glad to resolve concerns about three spills in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska.

But Enterprise Products spokesman Rick Rainey says all three incidents covered by the settlement announced Tuesday were caused by factors outside the company’s control.

Rainey says the 2007 spill of about 71,000 gallons in Nebraska and the 2010 Kansas spill of about 75,600 gallons were both caused by another person digging up the pipeline.

Rainey says the Iowa spill of nearly 34,500 gallons happened last year after flooding along the Missouri River washed away support for the pipeline.

As part of the settlement, Enterprise and its Mid-America Pipeline subsidiary promised to reduce external threats to the pipeline and improve their reporting of spills.

 

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