Oil in Eden: The Battle to Protect Canada’s Pacific Coast

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.


U.S. Navy Mechanized Landing Craft (LCMs) are anchored along the shoreline as Navy and civilian personnel position hoses during oil clean-up efforts on Smith island. The massive oil spill occurred when the commercial tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground while transiting the waters of Prince William Sound on March 24th / Wikipedia PH2 POCHE

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.

This project is in the ‘capable’ hands of a corporation called Enbridge. What is Enbridge’s track record over the last few years. Let’s take three recent years as a snapshot:

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.

Oil Spill Kalamazoo RIver

A worker lifts oil-covered debris from the Kalamazoo River in Battle Creek Tuesday. A pungent odor is hanging over the Battle Creek area and the Kalamazoo River valley a day after 840,000 gallons of oil leaked into a creek that feeds into the river. The oil leaked Monday from a 30-inch pipeline that carries about 8 million gallons of oil per day from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario, in Canada. / AP

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.

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