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Indigenous activists eye oil spill at Kinder Morgan pumping station

Kinder Morgan sign graffitiAPTN National News, May 28, 2018

Indigenous activists are keeping a close eye on an oil spill near Barriere, B.C., days before Kinder Morgan’s so-called deadline on its $7.4-billion Trans Mountain expansion project.

On Sunday, the provincial Ministry of Environment said a flow meter leaked about 100 litres of crude oil into the ground at the Darfield Pump Station. Read the rest of this entry

‘We’re the ones that have to live here’: Heiltsuk still feel impact of fuel spill


The Nathan E Stewart tug boat as it sinks in October, 2016.

1 year after Nathan E. Stewart sank off Bella Bella, First Nation says clam beds still contaminated

By Bethany Lindsay, CBC News, October 13, 2017

A year after a sinking tug spilled thousands of litres of fuel into the waters off Bella Bella, B.C., members of the Heiltsuk First Nation say their valuable clam beds are still contaminated. Read the rest of this entry

Fish farm spills diesel near northern Vancouver Island


Aerial view of the fish farm and diesel fuel spill.

Company ‘highly regrets’ spilling of 600 litres; initial reports said the amount was 1,500 litres

By Rhianna Schmunk, CBC News, March 5, 2017

Emergency crews are responding to a diesel spill at a fish farm near the northern tip of Vancouver Island.

Early Sunday officials said at least 1,500 litres of diesel overflowed from the Burdwood Fish Farm in Echo Bay, B.C., northeast of Port McNeill. Read the rest of this entry

200,000 litres of oil spills onto Ocean Man First Nation in Saskatchewan

estevan-sk-january-27-2016-a-pump-jack-near-estevan-sk1Saskatchewan government was notified of pipeline breach on Friday

CBC News Jan 23, 2017

About 200,000 litres of oil spilled near Stoughton, Sask., last week.

The pipeline breach occurred on First Nations land about 140 kilometres southeast of Regina. The spill covered an approximately 20-metre radius.

The provincial government was notified of the spill on Friday evening “as soon as the leak was detected,” a government email said. Media were notified Monday afternoon. Read the rest of this entry

Tug sinks near Bella Bella spilling up to 200,000 litres of diesel

tug-spills-fuelby Simon Little, CKNW News, October 13, 2016

An American tug pushing an empty fuel barge has sunk after running aground near Bella Bella.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says the tug Nathan E. Stewart hit ground on Edge Reef near Athlone Island just after 1 am this morning.

Heiltsuk elected Chief Marilyn Slett says the tug sank completely just before 10 am, and that the Nation’s most recent estimate is that it has spilled more than 200,000 litres of fuel.

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Muskoday First Nation declares emergency over water supply

Muskoday water tanker

The Muskoday First Nation has been relying on water trucked into the community to replenish its supplies after the normal source of treated water from Prince Albert, Sask., was closed due to an oil spill. (Muskoday First Nation/Facebook)

Water supply was halted on weekend after oil spill into North Saskatchewan River

CBC News July 27, 2016

After four days of being shut off from its normal supply of water due to an oil spill into the North Saskatchewan River, the Muskoday First Nation has declared a state of emergency.

The move was announced Wednesday afternoon when officials said the “discontinued supply of water” required “prompt action.”

About 800 band members live on the reserve, which is about 15 kilometres south of Prince Albert, Sask. The community is one of several in the area which is connected to a rural water utility that is normally supplied from Prince Albert’s water treatment plant.

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Prince Albert, Sask., declares state of emergency over oil spill


An oil slick on the North Saskatchewan River has prompted the city to shut off the intake to the water treatment plant. (Matthew Garand/CBC)

City rolling out emergency waterline from South Saskatchewan River as oil plume approaches

By Francois Biber, CBC News July 25, 2016

Prince Albert city council has declared a local state of emergency over an oil spill that threatens its water supply.

The declaration was one of the first orders of business at a special meeting of council Monday in the city of 35,000, Saskatchewan’s third largest.

A local state of emergency allows the city to evacuate neighbourhoods and take other measures to deal with the threat and helps pave the way for disaster assistance applications.  Read the rest of this entry

Quinault Raise Alarm Yet Again After Two Oil Trains Derail in One Weekend

 Oil train derailments such as this one from November 7, 2015, in Wisconsin are an all too common sight, the Quinault Nation says. Photo: Indian Country Today

Oil train derailments such as this one from November 7, 2015, in Wisconsin are an all too common sight, the Quinault Nation says. Photo: Indian Country Today

by Indian Country Today, Nov 12, 2015

Two more derailments of oil-bearing trains last weekend, these two in Wisconsin, have prompted the Quinault Nation to issue yet another warning about the dangers inherent in such transport.

“The frequency of these train crashes combined with the danger they pose to people and to the environment that sustains us should alarm everyone, everywhere, to the point that they take a stand against increased oil train traffic,” said Quinault Nation President Fawn Sharp in a statement on Tuesday November 10. Read the rest of this entry

Calgary-based energy firm Apache Canada faces 7 charges for 2013 spill: AER

A section of the oil spill near Zama City, Alberta.

A section of the 2013 oil spill near Zama City, Alberta.

By Global News/The Canadian Press, Oct 19, 2015

CALGARY – An energy company with a troubled safety history is facing seven charges related to a 2013 pipeline spill that leaked roughly 1.8 million litres of contaminated water near Zama City, Alta.

Apache Canada Ltd. has been charged under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, the Public Lands Act and the Pipeline Act.

An investigation earlier this year by the Alberta Energy Regulator found that between June 2013 and October 2014 the company had six pipeline incidents that caused loss or damage to public lands and potential environmental impact.

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Qalipu artist using leaked Shoal Point oil as paint for newest project

Artist Ronnie Rowsell painted a Newfoundland wolf using oil that leaked into the waters near Shoal Point in Port au Port Bay. (Submitted by Ronnie Rowsell)

Artist Ronnie Rowsell painted a Newfoundland wolf using oil that leaked into the waters near Shoal Point in Port au Port Bay. (Submitted by Ronnie Rowsell)

Ronnie Rowsell paints Newfoundland wolf using oil that seeped from abandoned well

By Geoff Bartlett, CBC News, Sept 27, 2015

A Corner Brook artist is hoping a recent art project brings attention to an oil leak in Port au Port Bay.

Qalipu Mi’kmaq painter Ronnie Rowsell is using oil seeping from an abandoned well in Shoal Point as paint for a new series of paintings. He wants to shed light on the concerns of area residents who feel government is not doing enough to stop the leak. Read the rest of this entry