* Lines 1 and 5 down after Michigan leak
* Restart seen later Thursday
* Line 5 to run at lower pressure after starting
CALGARY, Alberta, Feb 16 Enbridge Inc
said on Thursday it shut down two pipelines on its
Canada-to-U.S. oil transport system after detecting what it
termed to be small leak in the northern Lower Peninsula region
Enbridge said it expected to have the pipelines back in
operation after repairing the leak later on Thursday, but
pressure will be lowered as it investigates other possible
Line 5, a 491,000 barrel a day pipeline that runs to Sarnia,
Ontario, from Superior Wisconsin, is down after crews discovered
some spilled crude in soil in Arenac County, Michigan,
spokeswoman Lorraine Little said in an email.
Enbridge also shut Line 1, a 237,000 bpd line that extends
to Superior from Edmonton, Alberta, due to high inventories at
the end of that segment, Little said. It is expected to restart
once Line 5 is back in operation.
Another Enbridge pipeline was shut down for several weeks in
2010 after more than 20,000 barrels of heavy Alberta crude
gushed into the Kalamazoo River system in Michigan following a
rupture, prompting a $700 million cleanup effort.
The latest leak, discovered during maintenance is estimated
at less than three barrels, Little said.
Discounts on Canadian crude have widened following the