Jessica McDiarmid, The Star, Dec 14 2013
The fires burned for four days after the explosions.
A train carrying 72 cars of crude oil had barreled into the sleepy Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic and derailed. And the oil did what crude oil isn’t supposed to do: it blew up, killing 47 people, leaving the downtown core in ruin.
Ed Struzik, Yale Environment 360, 29 Nov 2013
The rapid development of Alberta’s tar sands has spawned a new proposal for a 731-mile pipeline that would transport oil to the British Columbia coast. The project is strongly opposed by conservationists and First Nations leaders, who fear the environmental risks it would bring.
Jessica McDiarmid, The Star, Oct 04 2013
A safety analysis of proposed Line 9B project concluded 'high risk the pipeline will rupture'
The Bakersfield Californian, Aug 24 2013
Sept. 9, 2010: A 30-inch PG&E gas pipeline burst in San Bruno, killing eight people, injuring dozens more and destroying 38 homes. In court documents, PG&E first tried to blame the rupture on a city sewer project that allegedly damaged a "state of the art" pipeline. Residents themselves were accused of somehow being negligent.
Sarah O'Donnell & Dan Healing, Edmonton Journal & Calgary Herald, August 23, 2013
EDMONTON - A promised report into the safety of Alberta’s vast pipeline network prompted by a series of high profile spills fails to dig into some of the most serious concerns, critics said Friday.
Alberta Energy, 23 Aug 2013
The Government of Alberta supports the innovative, responsible and sustainable development of our province’s energy resources through a variety of technology funds and initiatives.
Naveena Sadasivam, InsideClimateNews.org, Aug 20, 2013
PHMSA has released ExxonMobil's spill response plan for the ruptured Pegasus pipeline—but most of the crucial elements have been completely redacted.
Elizabeth Douglass, InsideClimate News, Aug 12, 2013
Industry experts say vulnerable pipelines like the one that failed in Arkansas can operate safely—but only if they're carefully monitored and maintained.
Graham Thomson, Edmonton Journal, August 13, 2013
I’m not sure anybody looks forward to the end of summer. But I would hazard a guess that of all those not looking forward to it, nobody is dreading the end of summer more than Energy Minister Ken Hughes. Not even schoolchildren and road construction crews.
Zoe McKnight, Vancouver Sun July 27, 2013
Tanker was carrying 35,000 litres of jet fuel to helicopters working on the Perry Ridge fire
A state of emergency has been declared after a tanker truck carrying 35,000 litres of jet fuel in the Slocan Valley has overturned on Highway 6, spilling its load into Lemon Creek.
Globe and Mail, The Canadian Press, Jul 27 2013
WINLAW, B.C. — Officials in British Columbia’s Central Kootenay region have issued an evacuation order affecting about 800 people after a tanker truck carrying 35,000 litres of jet fuel crashed into a creek.
Patrick Sullivan, Northern Express (Michigan), July 1st, 2013
Rally hopes to draw attention to an aging underwater oil pipeline.
The pipeline turned 60 this year. It is owned and operated by Enbridge, Inc., of Calgary, Alberta, the same company that owns and operates a pipeline that failed and caused the nation’s largest-ever inland oil spill into the Kalamazoo River in 2010.
Dan Frosch, New York Times, June 25, 2013
Diluted bitumen — the blend of thick Canadian crude that would be shipped by the proposed Keystone XL pipeline — is no riskier to transport than other types of crude oil, a new study has found, a conclusion that came under sharp attack by environmentalists.
Max Paris, CBC News, May 6, 2013
Company's defence is that National Energy Board is interpreting rules differently
The biggest oil and gas pipeline company in Canada is breaking National Energy Board safety rules at 117 of its 125 pump stations across the country, but Enbridge says it's not to blame.
Ian Bailey, Globe and Mail, Mar. 18 2013
VANCOUVER — The federal government pushed back at suggestions it is advancing an energy agenda at the cost of the environment, announcing amendments to the Canada Shipping Act and eight new tanker-safety measures in British Columbia, where there have been deep concerns about pipeline safety and spill control.
News Release, Transport Canada, March 18, 2013
VANCOUVER — The Harper government today announced a number of measures toward the creation of a World-Class Tanker Safety System. The implementation of eight tanker safety measures was announced along with the introduction of the Safeguarding Canada's Seas and Skies Act, and the creation of a Tanker Safety Expert Panel to review Canada's current tanker safety system and propose further measures to strengthen it. The announcement was made by the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources.
Matthew Brown & Josh Funk, Associated Press, Dec 28, 2012
Trains carrying more oil across US amid boom
Energy companies behind the oil boom on the Northern Plains are increasingly turning to an industrial-age workhorse _ the locomotive _ to move their crude to refineries across the U.S., as plans for new pipelines stall and existing lines can't keep up with demand.
Dan Frosch, New York Times, December 21, 2012
A forthcoming federal report on pipeline safety has found that members of the general public are more likely to identify oil and gas spills than the pipeline companies’ own leak detection systems.
Ry Rivard, Charleston Daily Mail, December 12, 2012
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- No alarms went off in Columbia Gas Transmission's Charleston control room Tuesday afternoon, even as a massive explosion rocked one of the company's natural gas pipelines 15 miles away, the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday.
Dave Cooper, Edmonton Journal, November 21, 2012
EDMONTON - Atco Pipelines is proposing to spend about $700 million to replace 260 kilometres of high-pressure natural gas pipelines in Edmonton and Calgary, with homeowners paying an extra $2 per on their monthly bills over five years to cover the work.
Nathan VanderKlippe, The Globe and Mail, Jul. 20 2012
Facing widespread concern about the safety of oil pipelines, Enbridge Inc. promised to spend up to $500-million to reinforce its planned Northern Gateway pipeline to the British Columbia coast, while the Alberta government is launching a broad review of industry practices in the province.
By Karen Kleiss, Edmonton Journal, July 20, 2012
EDMONTON - Government and industry bowed to public pressure Friday, announcing a review of Alberta’s pipeline safety rules and $500 million in new spill-prevention features for the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.
Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun, July 17, 2012
Kinder Morgan says Trans Mountain project has seen only small leaks in the last decade
Bob Weber, Globe and Mail, Jul. 12 2012
Calls for an independent review into pipeline safety in Alberta are growing, with some saying it’s even more urgent now that a U.S. investigation has sharply criticized a Calgary company’s efforts to clean up a major oil spill.