Larissa Stendie: Learning the wrong pipeline lessons

Over the last 20 years, an average of 250 pipeline incidents have been recorded in the U.S. and Canada. With each incident, we hear basically the same well-crafted PR line from the CEOs and Representatives of oil companies: We will learn from this incident and grow as an industry, and our fail-safe procedures will be foolproof next time. This was the message of BP CEO Tony Hayward in 2010 after the Deepwater Horizon spill. Enbridge said the same thing 5 years ago after a spill of 27,000 barrels of tar sands oil near Michigan’s Kalamazoo River was only discovered after 18 hours. Western States Petroleum Association sang the same tune after the recent spill on California’s Santa Barbara coast. And last week, Nexen joined the big oil company chorus after their pipeline leaked for two weeks spilling 31,000 barrels of tar sands oil near Long Lake. It’s becoming apparent to everyone that their fail-safe plans are not so fail-safe after all. If there is anything to be learned it’s that piping tar sands oil over wild areas and near human settlements just doesn’t work. And allowing the Kinder Morgan and Enbridge pipelines to be built will only prove that B.C. hasn’t learned anything from these tragedies at all. To read the full article, click here…


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