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EPA Response to Enbridge Spill in Romeoville, IL

Serving Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and 35 Tribes


US EPA emergency response personnel were deployed to Romeoville, IL on Thursday, September 9, to investigate and respond to an oil spill from a pipeline owned by Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership. Initial assessments indicate that crude oil from the pipeline flowed through sewers into a retention pond at 719 Parkwood Avenue near Route 53.

Response by the numbers - November 1, 2010
  • 20,476 barrels total oily liquids collected (oil & water)
  • 1,325 barrels oil product drained up from pipeline tap
  • 9,270 barrels spill volume of oil product recovered
  • 10,696 barrels total oil product recovery estimate (449,232 gallons)
  • 1,509,332 gallons of hazardous water
  • 983,734 gallons of retention pond treated water discharge
  • 4,403,900 gallons of treated lagoon sewage water
  • 15,055 cubic yards of soil collected
  • 1,329 cubic yards of debris (concreted, asphalt) removed

News releases

excavation workers clean up oil on pavement excavation boom laid on water treatment tank worker recording information boom laid on water treatment tank boom deployed around retention pond work proceeds at night deploying boom onto water cleaning up oil on pavement taking water samples

What EPA is doing

EPA successfully completed its response to the Romeoville oil spill on Thursday, Oct. 28. EPA has:

  • Replaced all the contaminated utility infrastructure.
  • Set up a network of 25 ground-water monitoring wells around the Parkwood Avenue leak location and the 135th Street sanitary sewer manhole leak location.
  • Cleaned up and restored the drainage ditch, retention pond and wastewater treatment plant.
  • Completed the Parkwood Avenue repairs and, as of Nov. 1, provided unrestricted access through the area to businesses affected by the spill.
  • Begun to transfer oversight of long-term monitoring and cleanup of contaminated ground water to Illinois EPA.
Contact Us
  • Hotline Number for Oil Spill Questions: 877-440-7158
  • Impacted wildlife hotline: 815-258-987
  • EPA Toll-Free: 800-621-8431
  • Comments or questions

Cleanup in Region 5

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