pipeline spills

Canada oil pipeline spills 200,000 liters on aboriginal land

A pipeline in the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan has leaked 200,000 liters (52,834 gallons) of oil in an aboriginal community, the provincial government said on Monday.

The government was notified late in the afternoon on Friday, and 170,000 liters have since been recovered, said Doug McKnight, assistant deputy minister in the Ministry of the Economy, which regulates pipelines in Saskatchewan.

Oil pipelines are viewed by the oil-rich provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan as a critical lifeline to move crude to the coast, but they have drawn fierce opposition from environmental and indigenous groups.

The spill came seven months after another major incident in Saskatchewan, in which a Husky Energy Inc pipeline leaked 225,000 liters into a major river and cut off the drinking water supply for two cities.

It was not immediately clear how the current incident happened or which company owns the underground pipeline that leaked the oil.

McKnight said Tundra Energy Marketing Inc, which has a line adjacent to the spill, is leading cleanup efforts.

“There are a number of pipes in the area,” he told reporters in Regina. “Until we excavate it, we won’t know with 100-percent certainty which pipe.”

Tundra, a privately held unit of Canadian grain trading and energy conglomerate James Richardson and Sons Ltd, released a statement saying it is cooperating with all levels of government and will ensure “the affected land is restored appropriately.”

The incident happened in the lands of the Ocean Man First Nation 140 km (87 miles) southeast of the provincial capital of Regina, according to the province.

McKnight said the spill has been contained in the low-lying area in which it was discovered. Ocean Man Chief Connie Big Eagle said the spill was 15 meters (50 feet) in diameter on Friday.

Ocean Man has 540 residents, one-third of whom live on the reserve, Big Eagle said.

She said an area resident who had smelled the scent of oil for a week located the spill and alerted her on Friday. The chief said there are no homes near the spill but it is about 400 meters (1,320 feet) from the local cemetery.

“We have got to make sure that Tundra has done everything that they can to get our land back to the way it was. That can take years,” she said. “They have assured me that they follow up and they don’t leave … until we are satisfied.”


A new oil spill near Standing Rock just proves protesters’ point

  • A leak in the Belle Fourche Pipeline has spilled “more than 176,000 gallons of crude oil” into a nearby Belfield, North Dakota creek.
  • The leak occurred just 150 miles from where members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their allies have been camping.
  • The leak was discovered last week by a landowner rather than the monitoring device which should have detected it. 
  • Wendy Owen, a spokesperson for True Cos., the company that owns the pipeline, told CNBC that it has not yet determined why the equipment didn’t detect its own leak. Read more

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Peruvian Amazonian Indigenous Peoples Protest Oil Pipelines

The Indigenous people in Peru are protesting the 10th oil pipeline leak that is devastating the Peruvian Amazon causing severe health problems, crop damage and massive contamination.

Pipeline spills 176,000 gallons of crude into creek about 150 miles from Dakota Access protest camp
North Dakota officials estimate more than 176,000 gallons of crude oil leaked from the Belle Fourche Pipeline into the Ash Coulee Creek.
By Tom DiChristopher

A pipeline leak has spilled tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil into a North Dakota creek roughly two and a half hours from Cannon Ball, where protesters are camped out in opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline.

Members of the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes, as well as environmentalists from around the country, have fought the pipeline project on the grounds that it crosses beneath a lake that provides drinking water to native Americans. They say the route beneath Lake Oahe puts the water source in jeopardy and would destroy sacred land.

North Dakota officials estimate more than 176,000 gallons of crude oil leaked from the Belle Fourche Pipeline into the Ash Coulee Creek. State environmental scientist Bill Suess says a landowner discovered the spill on Dec. 5 near the city of Belfield, which is roughly 150 miles from the epicenter of the Dakota Access pipeline protest camps.

The leak was contained within hours of the its discovery, Wendy Owen, a spokeswoman for Casper, Wyoming-based True Cos., which operates the Belle Fourche pipeline, told CNBC.

It’s not yet clear why electronic monitoring equipment didn’t detect the leak, Owen told the Asssociated Press.

Sign from the Kinder Morgan Pipeline protest in Vancouver today:

Few Recent Oil Related Spills in Canada (in litres):

2011- Little Buffalo, 4.5 million

2012 - Red Deer River, 461,000

2012 - Elk Point, 230,000

2013 - Cold Lake, 1.5 million

2014 - Slave Lake, 70,000

2014 - Red Earth Creek, 60,000

2015 - Peace River, 2.7 million

2015 - Long Lake, 5 million

2016 - Prince Albert, 250,000

Damaged Peru pipeline leaks 3,000 barrels of oil into Amazon region
Jungle covered in black sludge after a landslide caused the country’s main oil pipeline to rupture, polluting rivers relied on by eight native communities

Two rivers that native villages rely on for water have been contaminated. 

Peru’s health ministry has declared a water quality emergency in five districts near the spill. 

I’m very judgmental because I believe that once you know the results of an action, you cannot repeat that action and claim you did not intend the results.

- We know that pipelines burst and spill, contaminating any water near them. You cannot build a pipeline near water and claim you do not intend to poison the water. That is the known result of your actions.

- We know that outlawing abortion doesn’t lessen the number of abortions, it just raises the number of dead women. You cannot outlaw (or effectively outlaw) abortion and claim that you do not intend for women to die. That is the known result of your actions.

- We know that repealing the ACA will cause thousands of poor and chronically ill people to die from lack of healthcare. Our lawmakers cannot repeal the ACA and claim that they do not intend for thousands of people to die.

- We know that strict gun laws lower the rate of gun violence significantly. Our lawmakers cannot oppose these regulations and claim that they do not intend America to have more victims of gun violence.

I could go on.

mansdal  asked:

Why are so many celebrities using their voices to prevent oil pipelines? Clearly they are the safest and most environmentally friendly way. Greener energy is the way the future. I agree fully with slowly transferring to a new way in an appropriate time. Also why should I listen to a "celebrity" and not a regular person? Is using your fame to alter minds ethical? If you are against oil and gas, are you willing to take all oil products and bi-products out of your life completely and live hippy?

Pipelines are leaking constantly and explode and burst, we hear about it in the news once a month but there are thousands of incidents a year. The problem is there proximity to water sources. Once and aquifer is contaminated it’s always contaminated. There is no going back. We simply can not drink oil water is essential for life, oil is not. 


We all understand that Climate Change is real and man made. The sooner we stop burning oil and facilitate it the sooner we transition to Renewable energy. There is a lot each one of us can do without living like “Hippys” we can start making the transitions ourselves by leasing solar panels or updating our homes to be more energy efficient which we can do and have the savings we get from doing this pay for the upgrades. It’s called on bill efficiency upgrades. 

When celebrities get involved with a cause they believe in it’s usually because the people who started it aren’t being heard. A lot of people don’t want pipelines in their communities. It’s as simple as that. You probably wouldn’t want one going through your water supply like the folks in Standing Rock I am sure. Especially when you look at how many of them leak burst and explode. The CEO of Energy Transfer Partners Kelcy Warren  says so himself in a recent interview.


He says he will not win an argument on pipelines failing but that is exactly the argument he must win when we are talking about the most essential element to all living things, Water. 

We need to protect our waters & everyone is connected to water. It’s how we live. Too many pipelines have spilled thousands and thousands of gallons of poison, ruining Reservation land, and our water supply.  And it can’t be undone. But we can prevent more from happening. We’re all connected to this water supply, so we must protect it.


Pipeline spills in the US; data is beautiful even when its ugly.

pastelingo  asked:

Yo nice blog, from what I had heard from other sources there were a lot of good regulations on the trans mountain pipeline, of course any pipeline is most likely going to be incredibly negative, but was everything pretty much entirely unreasonable ?

Its not reasonable.

This government wants to reduce its Climate Change emissions 30 per cent before 2030. That’s virtually impossible with this pipeline as it will emit more CO2 than they’ll save with their carbon tax or the phase out of Coal, combined.

Also the PM has no social license to proceed with this project. BC’s major cities, the majority of First Nations and 91% of people who showed up at hearings rejected this project.

In Burnaby this pipeline will go right through a wildlife conservation area, and right through a big University (SFU).

There’s also a very real chance this pipeline could spill causing billions of dollars and risking Thousands of jobs in British Columbia. And as the diesel spill in Bella Bella shows we are not capable of cleaning up oil spills, even small ones.

And if that weren’t worse enough this pipeline is predicted to make the Southern Resident Killer Whales go extinct.

Economically, it’s not a job creator. Most jobs it will create are temporary, construction based. Permanent jobs total: 50. Which is a joke. That’s not a wise investment of money. Spending almost 10 billion dollars for 50 full time jobs is laughably bad.

I’ll cite my sources below. I encourage you to read them.

Trudeau, Climate Leaders Don’t Build Pipelines (Contains stats on Climate emissions from this pipeline)

Approving Kinder Morgan Would Make Coal Phase-Out Irrelevant

Kinder Morgan Approval Insults Democracy, Science and Economic Logic

Environmentalists predict pipeline expansion will lead to extinction of orcas

Big oil v orcas: Canadians fight pipeline that threatens killer whales on the brink

Burnaby Public Town Hall – 100% Opposed to Kinder Morgan

Kinder Morgan pipeline, tankers endanger thousands of B.C. outdoor jobs and potentially billions in future revenue

Eco-tourism worth billions trumps value of Kinder Morgan project, new report argues


Independent scientific assessment rejects Kinder Morgan pipeline

Leak from proposed pipeline would devastate bird, wildlife population

Kinder Morgan pipeline spill could cost Vancouver $1.2 billion

An estimated 336,000-gallon oil spill just caused Alabama to declare a state of emergency

A massive Colonial Pipeline oil spill in Shelby County, Alabama, caused four states — Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina — to declare a state of emergency this week. Excavation work is underway to dig up and repair a broken segment of pipe in the rural community. The leak has brought oil prices to a staggering high.
Concerned Residents, Elected Officials, Rally in Response to Refugio Beach Spill

Urge Gov. Brown to Place Moratorium on Fracking and Support Federal Legislation to Block Dangerous Offshore Drilling

SANTA BARBARA, CA – Outraged over an oil pipeline burst that Tuesday spilled at least 105,000 gallons of oil into a nine-mile slick along the Pacific Coast near Santa Barbara, at least 150 community members joined non-profit leaders and local elected officials for a rally and press conference today at Santa Barbara County Courthouse to express the urgent need to place a moratorium on fracking and phase out oil development in California.  

“This spill of more than 100,000 gallons of oil is a consequence of the expansion of oil and gas drilling,” said Becca Claassen, Santa Barbara County organizer with Food & Water Watch. “In order to protect our coastline, our health and our future from toxic emergencies like this spill, Governor Brown must begin phase out oil production in California, starting with a ban on fracking and other dangerous extraction techniques both onshore and offshore.”

Participants called on Governor Brown to take immediate action to ban fracking both on shore and off shore within California waters and to support legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Lois Capps to stop new offshore oil and gas leases off the California coast and place a moratorium on offshore fracking in California.

“As we learn more about the cause of this accident, we must also focus on how to prevent future spills,” said Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider. “We need to get ourselves to a place that’s less reliant on oil and more reliant on new clean and renewable technologies that do not put our precious and fragile coastline and beaches at risk, like solar and wind. And we need to make the shift in a way that is economically viable for the workers within the industry as well as all of us who use the energy sources. California and the nation can and should be a leader on these issues.”

The action came the day after Governor Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency in an effort to facilitate clean up of the toxic, smelly mess centered at Refugio State Beach.

“The significant environmental and economic damage that has resulted from this recent oil spill highlights the fact that we must make decreasing our reliance on fossil fuels a top priority by expanding green energy alternatives,” said Santa Barbara County First District Supervisor Salud Carbajal.

The source of the spill was an 11-mile pipeline operated by Plains All American Pipeline, which, according to a Los Angeles Times report, “has accumulated 175 safety and maintenance infractions since 2006.”

“The oil crisis on the Santa Barbara coast is a call to action,” said Matt Renner, Executive Director of World Business Academy. “Our community is being called to lead the transition to a 100% renewable energy future. There’s no such thing as a ‘solar spill’; we call that a nice day. We have a unique opportunity to build a word-class energy system that can make this county fossil fuel-free in less than a decade. But we must act now.“

Linda Krop, Chief Counsel at Environmental Defense Center, pointed out that, the spill happened in spite of regulations to protect people and the environment. “No matter how strong the regulations and no matter how advanced the technology, there is no way to prevent a major oil spill,” Krop said.

The action was organized by Food & Water Watch, 350 Santa Barbara, Center for Biological Diversity, World Business Academy, Californians Against Fracking, Environmental Defense Center and Environment California.


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anonymous asked:

Try and remember that there's a province whose economy is not doing good right now. A province whose economy can effect the economy of multiple other provinces. A province with families who can't afford their bills because they've been laid off. A province that for years has been taking care of other provinces with worse economies. A province that can't afford to not have these go through, at least not yet. Albertas not just a bunch of rich looking to get richer

i’m well aware of alberta’s economic struggles right now. i’ve got family members who’ve lost their jobs in oil-related industries because of the recession. 

i definitely think that there’s an unfortunate attitude among a lot of liberals and environmentalists (of all parties or none) to write off alberta completely or ignore the fact that the oil industry and related industries are a massive proportion of the economy, so to tell people to just find a different job or dismiss economic concerns outright is extremely condescending and poor strategy.

that said, alberta’s economy is doing so poorly right now to a large extent because of the oil industry. previous governments avoided diversification of the economy or building a strong oil-revenue/rainy-day fund by raising taxes on oil companies. because the federal and provincial governments decided that relying almost entirely on oil for the economy was a good strategy, any crash in global prices (and resource and oil prices are always volatile) would inevitably cause an enormous recession. this was very shortsighted planning. 

if you look at the example of somewhere like norway, another oil-rich country, they created a state-owned oil company that had priority over private companies, and the private companies they did allow were taxed on their profits around 80 or 90 percent (and why not, these companies didn’t create the oil). they kept production from being too rushed, avoiding inflation of the currency and thus harm to manufacturing through dutch disease (unlike canada), and created a massive sovereign wealth fund of over one trillion dollars. they used that money to keep income inequality low and fund a strong welfare state with high unemployment benefits to offset recessions like the current one. now that oil prices are tanking and countries worldwide plan to phase out its use, they’re using that wealth fund to diversify the economy further and make sure they don’t get caught relying on a dying industry to prop up their economy. alberta, inversely, is doubling down on the hope of new pipelines and squeezing out whatever’s left of the oil industry’s future.

so it’s clear that choosing to invest in oil as an economic future is an incredibly bad idea, the same as coal or asbestos or lead paint. this doesn’t even get into the myraid number of other problems with the oil industry or new pipelines, from the colonial model of wealth extraction on stolen land without native consent; to the poisoning of rivers, forests, and communities when pipelines leak or spill; to the social harm done to both albertan and maritime communities from boom and bust towns built around profit with few community relationships; to the health hazards and high levels of cancer and disease among oil workers and the towns surrounding the oil sands. none of these are worth new pipelines. but even if they were it would still be a terrible idea economically. alberta needs massive investment from both federal and provincial governments in alternative energy and other industries so that unemployed workers can be retrained and alberta’s economy can be put on a track for a less volatile and dwindling economic future. this could be done immediately if governments wanted to and there was public pressure for it. instead we’re doubling down on a no-future industry with massive social and environmental costs because it’s profitable to certain corporations.