Oil spill hits Enbridge pipeline in Alberta

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      Enbridge Inc. estimates that 230,000 litres of oil have spilled from its Athabasca pipeline in Alberta.

      The Calgary-based company's latest leak struck on Monday (June 18) at a pumping station southeast of Elk Point.

      Alberta's Energy Resources Conservation Board said today (June 19) that it had not confirmed Enbridge's estimate of the size of the "release".

      "The pipeline has been shut in and the pumping station has been isolated," the ERCB said in a statement. "No waterways are impacted and cleanup is underway. There were no injuries or no evacuations as a result of the release. All appropriate agencies have been notified."

      Enbridge is the company proposing to build the controversial Northern Gateway pipelines from near Edmonton to Kitimat. With a length of 1,177 kilometres, the twin pipelines would transport oil and condensate between the Alberta tar sands and the B.C. coast, where the oil would be loaded on to supertankers.

      The Enbridge leak follows two recent incidents in Alberta—a June 7 spill by Plains Midstream Canada in the Red Deer River and a May 19 spill at a Pace Oil and Gas injection well.

      "Communities throughout BC and now all the way to Montreal can expect similar spills if Enbridge, backed by a Prime Minister bent on gutting Canada's environmental laws, has its way," Greenpeace climate and energy campaigner Mike Hudema said in a statement today.

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      David L.

      Jun 19, 2012 at 6:24pm

      If Enbridge or any other pipeline company puts in a line out to Kitimat it will spill one day , maybe not for a few years but it will happen , that is a "for sure" not a "hope not"


      Jun 19, 2012 at 7:14pm


      M. Morning Star

      Jun 19, 2012 at 8:18pm

      Who is Enbridge trying to fool with their ads?

      In Enbridge's 'light and breezy' advertising campaign, the human animations skipping rope or walking together as a nuclear family have yellow or orange hair.

      Is Enbridge trying to fool 'white' people into supporting pipelines with this ad, or are they stating that Indigenous (brown) people do not (or will not) exist?


      Jun 19, 2012 at 9:38pm

      Another big spill? That's 3 in one month!


      Jun 26, 2012 at 10:59pm

      Keep Pipelines out of our land. Keep the oil in there too. If we want to become "enviro-friendly" let's stop increasing our oil consumption in general.
      Enbridge is just like you and me , trying to make an honest living, and caring about nature.LOL. See their record on spills (Kalamazoo was a huge mess, 800,000 gallons worth into their river in July 2010)
      Their CEO raked in a cool $6Miillion in 2009. It's sad when the rich get richer and richer, and mother nature gets destroyed in the process.