Part of the controversial Keystone Pipeline was shut down Thursday after more than 200,000 gallons of oil leaked in South Dakota, the state and the company that runs the pipeline said Thursday. Read the rest of this entry
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 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
Emergency workers, TransCanada investigating cause of pipeline blast
CBC News, Jan 25, 2014
Fire burned for more than 12 hours at a natural gas pipeline after it exploded early Saturday morning near Otterburne, Man., about 50 kilometres south of Winnipeg.
RCMP, responded around 1:05 a.m. to what they’re calling a “loud explosion.”
Witnesses who live close to the scene said it was massive. Paul Rawluk lives nearby and drove to the site. Read the rest of this entry
‘Every Tree and Plant Died’: Massive Toxic Spill Guts Alberta
A toxic waste spill, the largest of its kind in North America, has destroyed a chunk of landscape in northern Alberta.
“The substance is the inky black colour of oil, and the treetops are brown,” reported The Globe and Mail in a recent story. “Across a broad expanse of northern Alberta muskeg, the landscape is dead. It has been poisoned by a huge spill of 9.5 million litres of toxic waste from an oil and gas operation in northern Alberta, the third major leak in a region whose residents are now questioning whether enough is being done to maintain aging energy infrastructure.” Read the rest of this entry
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
Nathan Vanderklippe, The Globe and Mail, June 12 2013
Note: Apache is the main owner of the proposed Pacific Trails Pipeline.
Apache Corp. has spilled an estimated 60,000 barrels – or 9.5 million litres – of produced water from a pipeline in northwestern Alberta, one of the largest spills in provincial history. Read the rest of this entry
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