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Enbridge to pay $176M for Michigan oil spill

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Enbridge Energy Partners has reached a $176 million settlement with the federal government for the costliest inland oil spill in U.S. history.

Officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice announced the deal Wednesday involving a 2010 spill in southwestern Michigan. Enbridge says 843,000 gallons flowed from a ruptured pipe into the Kalamazoo River, while EPA contends the total exceeded 1 million gallons.

The settlement requires the Canadian company to pay a $61 million penalty, the second-largest ever imposed for violations of the Clean Water Act.

Other spending will go toward measures to prevent future oil spills from Enbridge's U.S. pipeline network, which covers 2,000 miles in seven states.

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