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Is Bakken oil safe enough for the GTA?

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.

Tar Sands Oil Boom Drives Push for A Northern Pipeline

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.

Enbridge 'looking forward' to disputing scathing safety report

Jessica McDiarmid,  The Star, Oct 04 2013

A safety analysis of proposed Line 9B project concluded 'high risk the pipeline will rupture'

What will it take to catch PG&E's attention?

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.

Pipeline safety review fails to answer key questions, critics say

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 Pipeline Safety Review

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.

Burst Pipeline's Spill Plan Is None of Your Business, Suggests Regulator

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.

Exxon Knew Its Ruptured Pipeline Was Old, Defective and Brittle, and Still Added New Stresses

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.

Thomson: Will we ever see pipeline report?

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.

1,500 Kootenays' residents ordered to evacuate after oil spill in Slocan Valley

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.

Fuel truck spill into B.C. creek sparks evacuation order for 800 people

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.

A Time-Bomb at the Straits?

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.

Scientists Find Canadian Oil Safe for Pipelines, but Critics Say Questions Remain

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.

Enbridge breaks safety rules at pipeline pump stations across Canada

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.

Ottawa tightens tanker safety with $120-million plan

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.

Harper government announces first steps towards World-Class Tanker Safety System

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.

Trains carrying more oil across the US as pipeline projects stall; experts fear major spill

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.

Study Finds Flaws in Pipeline Leak Detection Systems

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.

No alarm in Columbia control room as fire raged

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.

Atco eyes $700M to replace high-pressure gas pipelines in Calgary, Edmonton

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.

Enbridge plans $500-million safety upgrade for Gateway

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.

Independent third party to scrutinize Alberta’s pipeline safety protocols

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.

Pipeline safety records under scrutiny as B.C. set to get more

Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun, July 17, 2012

Kinder Morgan says Trans Mountain project has seen only small leaks in the last decade

Calls for Alberta pipeline safety review grow louder

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.

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