Friday, June 22, 2012
Third Alberta Oil Spill in Six Weeks
Yet another oil spill in Alberta. That’s three in the last six weeks and a fourth just over a year ago. That is irresponsible. The many Enbrige pipeline commercials are getting as hypocritical as the HST commercials. I used to think opposing the pipeline was opposing progress and economic prosperity. Now, the pipeline is just irresponsible. They need more shut off values to stop leaks when they happen. The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was the largest in history. These economic disasters are getting bigger and bigger. We’ve supposed to reduce them with more technology. Now greed prevents us from doing so.
The latest spill occurred earlier this week in northeastern Alberta near the town of Elk Point, where Enbridge confirmed a spill of about 230,000 litres through its pumping station on the Athabasca pipeline.
The biggest incident was earlier this month near Red Deer and Sundre in central Alberta, where 475,000 litres of oil from Plains Midstream Canada leaked, some of it spilling into the Red Deer River. In May, a Pace Energy Oil and Gas oil leak near Rainbow Lake in the northwest of the province spilled about 5,000 barrels.
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