Enbridge Spills 1400 Barrels of Crude

B. McPherson
 This video covers just another of Enbridge's leaky pipelines.
Enbridge Inc. has had a spill of about 1400 barrels(230 000 litres) of crude oil north of Edmonton. Their Athabasca pipeline normally carries 345 000 barrels of oil per day. The company employees rerouted around the pumping station and commenced pumping operations until the Alberta regulatory agency ordered a shut down.

This is the second significant oil spill this month. The Red River, farms, ranches, low lying land and lakes have been fouled by the black sludge.

"Once again Albertans are left to deal with the toxic effects of yet another pipeline spill in Alberta," said Mike Hudema, climate and energy campaigner for Greenpeace. "This latest spill comes from the company that wants to build mega-tar sands pipelines to both the East and West coasts, Enbridge."YahooFinance

I looked up “Enbridge Spill” hoping to get some up to date information on the latest fouling of land by oil and was met with numerous stories about the massive oil spill in the Kalamazoo River in Michigan, but I persisted and found an equally interesting story about how safe the Enbridge web of pipelines is in Alberta. To make us feel confident that our environment will be protected from oil pollution, the public is assured that the pipeline infrastructure is modern and maintained. Then the regulator is quoted.

“For every 1,000 kilometres of pipeline, about two failures happen every year, including damaged lines or leaks. There are about 800 failures a year, the regulator said.”CBCNews

That’s right, he said 800 oil spills per year. There’s pages and pages of oil spill news on the net. If you can smell it, it is up your nose. Crude oil is a wonderful substance. It can be refined to produce many important products like gasoline, diesel, paraffin, benzene.

This is the same corporation that wants to force a double pipeline through the Rocky Mountains and the Great Bear Rainforest to the west coast of British Columbia. There is no doubt that money can be made if oil flows from Alberta to the Asian markets, but the question is, “Who will make the money, and who will pay the real price.”

As one of the British Columbia native leaders said, “You can’t eat money.”

If you build it, it will leak.

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