Potential Oil Pipeline Leak in Cheektowaga

September 14, 2010 Updated Sep 14, 2010 at 6:40 PM EDT

By WKBW News

September 14, 2010 Updated Sep 14, 2010 at 6:40 PM EDT

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY (WKBW) An oil pipeline that runs from Ontario to Kiantone, New York in the southern tier was shut down for several hours after crews working on a storm sewer found a substance that appeared to be oil.

After the potential leak was identified, the pipeline was immediately shut down, and crews were called in to investigate. The 91 mile pipeline transports 71 thousand barrels of oil per day. Crews excavated more than six feet into the ground to inspect the pipeline. "It's really an abundance of caution right now. Anytime we see anything around the pipeline that could be suspicious we're going to shut down the pipeline and do the investigation. And at this point there is no indication of a leak," Enbridge Manager Larry Springer said Tuesday.

Only about a gallon of petroleum-based substance was found near the pipeline, which is what caused the investigation. Officials say it may have come from another source, because the pipeline is intact.

This potential leak would have been the third pipeline leak in three months for Enbridge, the company that owns this pipeline. The other two leaks near Chicago and Kalamazoo, Michigan, leaked a combined twenty five thousand barrels of oil into the surrounding areas.

The leak was an obvious cause for concern for some, since it came just days after a gas pipeline exploded near San Francisco, which destroyed a neighborhood and killed multiple people. But officials did stress that after investigating, there is "no indication" of a leak.