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Federal agency investigating Enbridge pipeline replacement accident

CERESCO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The federal agency overseeing pipelines is investigating an accident at the Enbridge pipeline replacement project in Calhoun County.

The accident happened near E. Drive in Ceresco when a crane lowering a piece of pipeline tipped over.

For six months the Enbridge pipeline construction has been going on just a few feet from his house has been disrupting life for David Gallagher, but he says the crane accident was a close call.

If the derrick would have been closer to our house, it would have smashed through our house," says Gallagher.

The crane was lowering pipeline when it flipped on Wednesday. No one was hurt, but Gallagher says the pipeline was bent at an awkward angle.

He says he's worried about whether it was damaged.

"There wasn't one worker that crawled in that trench to take a look at it, not one," says Gallagher.

Gallagher reported what he saw to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The federal agency told us today  it has opened an investigation into the incident.

But Enbridge says that an investigation is routine.

In a statement, spokesman Jason Manshum says in part the pipe was, "...inspected by the senior lead coating inspector, the assistant chief inspector and a utility inspector for all possible damage. All concluded that no damage occurred as a result of this situation... while situations like this are uncommon, we will review what happened...and take steps to ensure it is not repeated."

But Gallagher says he's hopeful an outside inspector looks at the pipeline.

"I want to be a landowner who, from what they tell me I'm supposed to feel safe about what's going on here and I've got people calling me from Enbridge that have never come here after the incident take a look at it, says Gallagher.