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Freak car crash shuts down major U.S. oil pipeline

MarketWatch -- -- A major oil pipeline will be shut down for several days after a spill and fire near Chicago caused by a freak car accident.

An SUV and a Ford Mustang crashed into each other and hit a small above-ground section of an Enbridge Inc. (ENB, ENB.T) oil pipeline in an industrial park in New Lenox, Ill., causing a spill and fire that killed two and injured three, said Harold Damron, a spokesman for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

The pipeline was shut down within hours of the accident early Saturday morning and will remain shut down until Thursday morning, an Enbridge spokeswoman said.

The downed Enbridge Line 14/64 pipeline normally transports 317,000 barrels of oil a day along Enbridge's Lakehead System, which is the largest crude oil pipeline to the U.S. from the U.S.'s larg


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Submitted Mar 05, 2012 By: Lighting10K
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2012 6:00:21 AM

newlenox: I'm thoughts and prayer sare going out to the families, yourself and all who knew them.

Sadly, you will find a lot of ugliness here b/c ppl can hide behind a screen and a funny name.
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newlenoxgirl89
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2012 10:56:28 PM

I joined this website just to comment this incident. I would like to inform all of you ignorant "adults" that two friends of mine were lost along with three more being injured. Accidents DO happen, and not saying it was the smartest thing to do but they were just having fun. They weren't trying to hurt anyone, or "raise gas prices" as you all want to bitch about. How about instead of complaining about the gas prices, you get your lazy asses off the computer and go vote or do something about it. TWO MEN THAT ARE GREAT PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY LOST THEIR LIVES and God forbid their families come on here and read about you "ADULTS" complaining about GAS PRICES. THERE WERE TWO LIVES LOST! My prayers go out to the Lenz & Orel families. May angels lead you in fellas <3 xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo RIP!!!
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sammy518
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2012 11:08:45 AM

screw pipelines
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numbers
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2012 7:48:13 AM

Get it back up
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tomok
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2012 4:06:36 AM

There is No reason to spike fuel prices! Any kind of flammable pipeline needs to be protected from possible 'accidents' at all times. Make sure guards are installed and safety precautions taken to make any above ground pipeline safe.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle is, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money. Consider using other forms of less expensive transportation to lower your cost, if possible.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
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pgerassi
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 10:48:50 PM

You have to have an external access point for pipeline maintenance. There is one within 1.5 miles of my parent's house. It is sited in such a way as to make it difficult to hit unless you are really crazy. There are those stupid enough to do it like the idiot driving his car with three friends down Lake Parkway at over 120MPH up an off ramp, through the intersection with busy Layton Avenue, through the foot thick concrete barrier at the other side, falling over 30' down onto a gravel access road causing a big crash killing everyone. I saw the scene minutes later from the Layton Avenue bridge with the fire crews putting out the flames. You can't protect against that no matter what you do.
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my2002m
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 10:42:52 PM

Just one more reason to raise prices on the consumer.
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mwc407
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 9:32:41 PM

More propoganda for Oil companies to justify raising their prices. This does sound like a freak accident, but you would think the pipeline or highway engineers could develop ways to protect the pipeline from something like this.
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gasgo123
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 9:05:48 PM

Build a barrier around it.
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 9:02:37 PM

holy macro
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Lousy Luck.
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singlemom27
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:59:25 PM

Murphy's Law in action.
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:57:41 PM

livedream: "The biggest tragedy is the loss of two lives in this accident. I hope the other three injured will fully recover -- Thoughts and prayers with their families......"

Thanks for the great post!
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:57:04 PM

well that sux!
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:54:24 PM

Chicago will do anything for higher gas prices???
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:52:43 PM

this is a news story, not the speculator junk all of the time
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:51:49 PM

There Goes The Price Of Gas....UP...
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:51:26 PM

Accidents do happen.
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:51:26 PM

Fix it and lets get on with business.
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:48:54 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:47:22 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:45:38 PM



A pipeline can be taken down even by cars.

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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:45:06 PM

Freaks shouldn't be allowed to drive.
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baconnie
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:45:02 PM

this will cause gas prices to rise as well
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:42:32 PM

ok
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Saturn93
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:38:57 PM

And we want to build how many more miles of pipeline?
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:38:49 PM

OKAY, did you hear about the accident between a bleep and a mustang... all that was left was a pile of S - - T!!!!
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:37:00 PM

Surprising
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:33:38 PM

Old news
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:33:32 PM

livedream wrote, "The biggest tragedy is the loss of two lives in this accident. I hope the other three injured will fully recover -- Thoughts and prayers with their families......"

Agreed. Nice to keep our priorities straight. Good comment.

Lightning10K, good article. Thanks for posting it.
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:33:19 PM


I'm so confused.. how come nobody's blaming Obama?
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:30:47 PM

interesting
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:28:09 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:26:58 PM

Not Chicago?
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:24:26 PM

Are they serious with this load of crap? Next thing you know, someone sneezing near a refinery will raise prices.
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hank1326
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:24:12 PM

More excuses to jack up the pump prices?!
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:20:23 PM

Sounds like a bs story to raise gas prices!
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scrounger
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:17:46 PM

So why is there any part of this above ground??
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:13:42 PM

First I heard of it. Nothing on the TV end of it. Wonder why???
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PrettyLittleLady
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:12:51 PM

Here's a good example for not building any new pipelines.
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GaspainsWY
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:12:33 PM

"...an above ground section..." ??
Unprotected?
Un-barricaded?

...planning.... expect the unexpected.....
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Scottland
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:08:23 PM

Pipelines are like railroad cars on a dedicated railroad line or a super highway that only admits tanker trucks.
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heysailor
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:06:58 PM

A pipeline that ruptures … who woulda thunk.
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:06:45 PM

Conspiracy
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:03:11 PM

more "fuel" for the speculators
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:01:39 PM

how unfortunate
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:01:25 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:00:52 PM

that is life.
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kelly1016
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 7:58:21 PM

Pipelines are still the best way to move oil around the country.
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 7:50:23 PM

I guess that the speculators didn't hear about this one.
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