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Activists mark oil spill anniversary by spilling “oil” on Kinder Morgan sign

Kinder Morgan sign vandal 1By Jennifer Moreau, Burnaby Now, July 24, 2015

I received an anonymous email about some sign vandalism at Kinder Morgan’s Westridge Marine Terminal in north Burnaby, where tankers fill up with crude.
The July 24, 2007 reference related to the oil pipeline rupture on Burnaby’s Inlet Drive years ago.

Here’s the note that came with the pics:

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Nexen pipeline spill likely not the last, First Nations group warns

Oil spill from Nexen Energy pipeline in northern Alberta tar sands, July 16, 2015.

Oil spill from Nexen Energy pipeline in northern Alberta tar sands, July 16, 2015.

Alberta oil pipeline cleanup covers area of 2 CFL football fields

CBC News, July 18, 2015

In the wake of a massive pipeline leak in northern Alberta, a First Nations group in the area is worried more spills will happen unless environmental standards are tightened.

“If we continue to accept that these types of incidents are the status quo of development we are also accepting the illegal abrogation of the rights and title of First Nations,” Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation said Saturday. Read the rest of this entry

Nexen pipeline leak in Alberta spills 5 million litres

Nexen Energy's Long Lake facility at Alberta's tar sands.  Photo: CBC News.

Nexen Energy’s Long Lake facility at Alberta’s tar sands. Photo: CBC News.

Nexen Energy spill south of Fort McMurray covers about 16,000 square metres

CBC News, July 16, 2015

One of the largest leaks in Alberta history has spilled about five million litres of emulsion from a Nexen Energy pipeline at the company’s Long Lake oilsands facility south of Fort McMurray.

The leak was discovered Wednesday afternoon.

Nexen said in a statement its emergency response plan has been activated and personnel were onsite. The leak has been stabilized, the company said.

The spill covered an area of about 16,000 square metres, mostly within the pipeline corridor, the company said. Emulsion is a mixture of bitumen, water and sand. Read the rest of this entry

Fuel spill fouls Vancouver’s English Bay and area beaches

Oil leaks from a freighter in English Bay, Vancouver, BC, April 9, 2015.

Oil leaks from a freighter in English Bay, Vancouver, BC, April 9, 2015.

Michael Shulman, CTV News, April 9, 2015

A one-kilometre-long oil slick believed to have leaked from a bulk carrier ship is fouling the waters and beaches of Vancouver’s scenic English Bay.

It is still not clear what type of type of oil has spilled into the bay, which is surrounded by the city’s downtown, the world renowned Stanley Park and numerous popular beaches.

But so far, an estimated 3,000 litres is believed to have seeped from a freighter named Marathassa. The spill was first spotted at 5 p.m. on Wednesday by a local boater. Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous protesters occupy Peru’s biggest Amazon oil field

Achuar protest against oil companies, May 2013.

Achuar protest against oil companies, May 2013.

Dan Collyns, The Guardian, April 25, 2014

Around 500 Achuar indigenous protesters have occupied Peru’s biggest oil field in the Amazon rainforest near Ecuador to demand the clean-up of decades of contamination from spilled crude oil.

The oilfield operator, Argentine Pluspetrol, said output had fallen by 70% since the protesters occupied its facilities on Monday – a production drop of around 11,000 barrels per day.

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Crude oil leaked from Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline near Merritt, BC

Canadian Press June 13, 2013

Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion: lowering pipes into trench.

Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion: lowering pipes into trench.

CALGARY – The National Energy Board says it’s responding to a spill from Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain line near Merritt.

The energy watchdog said it doesn’t yet know the size of the leak, which took place on Crown land but a release from Kinder Morgan says less than 2,000 litres, or 12 barrels, of light crude was detected. Read the rest of this entry

Oil Spill Reported in the Great Bear Rainforest

Gitga’at Nation Reports Large Spill Believed to Be From Sunken Munitions Ship; Calls on Federal Government for Immediate Response and Full Clean-Up

Marketwire, May 02, 2012

HARTLEY BAY, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Gitga’at Nation of Hartley Bay is reporting an oil spill, between two and five miles long and 200 feet wide inside the Grenville Channel, not far from the proposed tanker route for the Enbridge Gateway pipeline. The spill was spotted by a commercial pilot and reported to the Gitga’at Nation and the Canadian Coast Guard yesterday evening.

A Coast Guard landing craft from Prince Rupert is on its way to the spill, and expected to arrive by 12pm. The Gitga’at are sending their own Guardians to take samples and have chartered a plane to take aerial photos of the spill. Read the rest of this entry