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Oil Pipeline Owner Donates $75K To Romeoville

Romeoville Oil Leak

A petroleum pipeline sprang a leak and caused this spill in Romeoville on Sept. 9, 2010. (Credit: CBS)

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ROMEOVILLE, Ill. (CBS) - The firm at the center of the oil spill last summer in Romeoville is offering an olive branch of sorts.

Enbridge Energy Partners has donated $75,000 to the Village of Romeoville Emergency Response Agency.

The company owns a pipeline that runs through Romeoville. It sprung a leak back on Sept. 9.

Rocks are believed to have punctured the pipeline, causing 256,000 gallons of crude to leak into a retention pond and the City of Romeoville wastewater treatment plant.

The pipeline was closed to stop the leak, which disrupted the supply of crude oil to Midwestern refineries, which in turn translated into higher prices at the gas pump for consumers. The pipeline supplies about 450,000 barrels of crude oil per day to Midwest refineries.

Romeoville will use the money to buy an emergency command vehicle.

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