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Two killed in Kinder Morgan pipeline explosion

Pipeline rupture report raises questions about TransCanada inspections

Aftermath of the explosion from a TransCanada pipeline rupture in 2011.

Aftermath of the explosion from a TransCanada pipeline rupture in 2009.

2011 report criticized TransCanada’s ‘inadequate’ inspections

By Amber Hildebrandt, CBC News, Feb 04, 2014

A CBC News investigation has unearthed a critical report that the federal regulator effectively buried for several years about a rupture on a trouble-prone TransCanada natural gas pipeline. Read the rest of this entry

Enbridge bungled handling of Michigan crude spill, U.S. agency says in scathing report

 The total cost of the spill has now exceeded more than $800 million US, or more than five times the previous record for most costly spill on U.S. land.

Ruptured Enbridge pipeline, Michigan 2010.

By Peter O’Neil, Vancouver Sun, July 10, 2012

OTTAWA – National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Debbie Hersman said Tuesday Enbridge Inc.’s handling of a massive 2010 crude oil spill in Michigan resembled the “Keystone Cops.”

Hersman also asked if that catastrophic spill, combined with a deadly 2010 pipeline explosion in California, raised questions about the inevitability of future pipeline disasters. Read the rest of this entry

Alberta hit by new oil spill, on Enbridge pipeline

Nathan Vanderklippe, Carrie Tait, The Globe and Mail, Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Nearly 1,500 barrels of heavy crude oil have spilled from an Enbridge Inc. facility pumping oil sands product to market, the latest major leak in Alberta.

The oil spilled from a pumping station on Enbridge’s Athabasca pipeline, 24 kilometres south east of Elk Point, Alta., the province’s Energy Resources Conservation Board said in a statement. Read the rest of this entry