Pipeline spill risks are low, Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines
“… with modern pipeline design and mitigation measures, the risks are very low…
“What we can say is that at Enbridge, we take our responsibility very seriously. An ounce of prevention may be worth a pound of cure, but we certainly don’t stop at an ounce. We adhere to the best safety practices available, and we pay close attention to pipeline integrity.
“And just so we’re clear, no spill is acceptable at Enbridge. When things go wrong, as they did in Michigan in July 2010, we act immediately and decisively, we don’t stop until we make things right…”
Enbridge stops cleanup work, The Michigan Messenger, Nov 15, 2011
“Enbridge, the company that spilled at least 800,000 gallons of tar sands crude into the Kalamazoo River system last year, has announced that it is suspending efforts to scrape the remaining submerged oil from the river bottom…”
Crude Secrets, OneEarth.org, April 11, 2012
“On the night of July 25, 2010, a section of the continent’s vast pipeline network spilled more than a million gallons of chemical-laden crude into western Michigan waterways. Though it was one of the largest inland oil spills in the nation’s history, the disaster went largely unnoticed. Most eyes were on the gusher in the Gulf as BP tried to cap the Deepwater Horizon well. But in the debate over our nation’s energy future, the Kalamazoo River spill — and its aftermath — may prove even more important than the BP blowout.
“That’s because the ruptured Michigan pipeline was carrying tar sands-derived oil from Alberta, Canada. At a time when the pipeline’s operator, energy giant Enbridge, Inc., and its competitors are seeking to greatly expand their pipeline network and the quantity of tar sands oil it carries…”
Dare we trust Enbridge with BC coast?, Northern Insights, April 23, 2012
Pipeline spills are not the exception in Alberta, they are an oily reality, Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun, June 13, 2012
“But I know from my reporting career, which was ushered in by a series of massive pipeline spills in Alberta more than 40 years ago, that these events occur with depressing regularity.
“The pipeline industry has had almost half a century to work on the problem, yet oil spills, explosions, fires and toxic pollution as a consequence of ruptures are anything but exceptional. They still happen on an almost daily basis.
“So when enthusiasts for the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project rush to hype the safety of pipeline technology and denounce doubters as part of some sinister conspiracy while scoffing at questions about risk as public hysteria, take it all with several pounds of salt…”