We have a stark reminder of what can go wrong with oil tankers, just take for example the Exxon Valdez disaster that happened just to the north in Alaska in 1989.January 17, 2013 By The Red Pill
If anyone knows the West Coast of Canada it has some of the most rugged seas with a coast line to match and these are the very waterways that supertankers would have to navigate to reach the open ocean. The same waterways that claimed the Queen of the North ferry in 2006. Not to mention that the pipeline would have to be built across hundreds of rivers and creeks through some of the most pristine wilderness on the planet.
2010: 34,122 barrels. Enbridge had 80 reported pipeline spills, totalling 34,122 barrels, including a January Enbridge pipeline leak near Neche, North Dakota of 3,000 barrels of oil; an April incident near Virden, Man. that leaked 12 barrels of oil into Bosshill Creek; a July pipeline spill in Marshall, Michigan that dumped 20,000 barrels of tar sands crude into the Kalamazoo River, causing the biggest oil spill in U.S. Midwest history; and a September pipeline spill of 6,100 barrels in Romeoville, Ill.
2009: 8,441 barrels. Enbridge had 103 reported oil spills and leaks, totalling 8,441 barrels, including a pipeline incident at the Enbridge Cheecham Terminal tank farm that spilled 5,749 barrels of oil near Anzac, Alberta; a spill of 704 barrels in Kisbey, Sask.; and a spill of 1,100 barrels at Odessa, Sask.
2008: 2,682 barrels. Enbridge had 80 reported spills and leaks, totalling 2,682 barrels of oil, including a January incident at an Enbridge pumping station at the Cromer Terminal in Manitoba that leaked 629 barrels of crude; a February incident in Weyburn, Sask., which leaked 157 barrels; and a March spill of 252 barrels of oil in Fort McMurray, Alberta.
The documentary helps explain the proposed pipeline and subsequent supertanker port that would have to be built to facilitate the already destructive tar sands project in Alberta.