Enbridge Accident Attorneys
When Pipelines Explode, We Stand for Victims & Their Families
Enbridge Inc. is a multinational pipeline company that operates across North America to deliver energy to customers in the United States and Canada. Enbridge moves about one-quarter of the crude oil produced in North America and transports nearly one-fifth of the natural gas consumed in the United States. Founded in 1949 as the Interprovincial Pipe Line Company, Enbridge reported over $50 billion in revenue in 2019 alone. The company is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.
Enbridge’s core business focuses on liquids pipelines, natural gas pipelines, gas distribution and storage, and renewable energy. The company has a workforce of over 12,000 employees in Canada and the U.S. Every single day, Enbridge moves about 3 million barrels of oil and 21 billion cubic feet of natural gas across North America, providing energy to nearly 950,000 homes.
While operating in the oil and gas industry for over 70 years, Enbridge has been responsible for well over 1,200 spills, approaching 1 billion gallons, which have contaminated countless environments and injured numerous individuals. Enbridge workers and customers deserve the chance to seek justice and fair compensation if they’ve been injured in any type of spill, pipeline rupture, gas storage incident, or other accident.
If you were injured while working for Enbridge, lost someone you love in a pipeline or other gas-related accident, or have questions about a potential case, please do not hesitate to contact our firm. Call (888) 493-1629 to speak with an Enbridge accident attorney at Arnold & Itkin.
Enbridge’s History of Accidents & Spills
Two of the biggest spills in Enbridge’s history—and in the United States as a whole—involved a combined total of about 2.7 million gallons of oil. The first marked the largest inland oil spill in the U.S. and occurred in 1991 when a 34-inch underground pipeline ruptured near Grand Rapids, Minnesota, spilling 1.7 million gallons of crude oil into the Prairie River, a tributary of the Mississippi River. The second spill took place in January 2013 in southwest Michigan when a leaking pipeline spilled more than 1 million gallons of oil sands crude oil into Talmadge Creek, which leads into the Kalamazoo River.
In December 2020, a worker was killed in an accident at an Enbridge pipeline construction site in Aitkin County, Minnesota. The man, who left behind nine children, was run over by an industrial forklift early in the morning of December 18 as he checked a list of materials. He was working on Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline project. Following the tragic incident, the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Precision Pipeline and fined the company $25,000 for a serious safety violation.
In August 2019, one woman was killed, and five others were injured when an Enbridge pipeline exploded in Lincoln County, Kentucky. The fire could be seen from at least 38 miles away and burned so hot that it melted the siding of a home over 1,000 feet away. Five homes were destroyed, and 30 acres of land were scorched as a result of the pipeline explosion. It took firefighters hours to douse the flames.
Spectra Energy Accidents
In February of 2017, Spectra Energy merged with Enbridge. Spectra Energy operated three key areas in the natural gas industry: transmission and storage, distribution, and gathering and processing. Formed in 2006, Spectra energy owned one of the largest pipeline systems, the Texas Eastern pipeline, which brought gas from the Gulf of Mexico all the way to an area outside of New York City.
2013 Pipeline Property Damage
Since 2006, Spectra has had 21 incidents of property damage on the Sabal Trail pipeline, causing $8,564,246 in damages. In addition to causing internal corrosion along the pipeline, the environment and surrounding areas have suffered irreversible damage.
PCB Spill at 89 Pipeline Sites
In 1989, Spectra Energy was fined $15 million for Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) contamination along the Sabal Trail Pipeline. 89 different sites were found to have been leaking contaminated substances, posing an environmental threat across 9,000 miles from Texas to New Jersey. Cleanup took over a decade and cost Spectra Energy over $500 million to complete.
Contact an Enbridge Claim Lawyer at Arnold & Itkin
Our attorneys have extensive experience representing the injured in all areas of the oil and gas industry. We believe in upholding injured workers’ rights after the worst industrial accidents, helping them get the treatment they need, and the financial support it will take to put their lives back on track. When companies try to underpay their claims or deny liability, we stand up for what’s right.
Our Enbridge accident law firm represents:
- Oil and gas workers
- Offshore workers
- Oilfield workers
- Pipeline workers
- Plant workers
- Refinery workers
- Truck drivers
- Construction workers
We also help families who have lost loved ones and people who have been injured in:
- Well blowouts
- Pipeline explosions
- Gas truck accidents
- Train accidents
- Plant and refinery accidents
- Oilfield accidents
For more information and a free review of your case, call our trial lawyers at (888) 493-1629 or fill out our short online form.