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More oil spilled from trains in 2013 than in previous 4 decades, federal data show

Curtis Tate, Bellingham Herald, McClatchy Washington Bureau, January 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — More crude oil was spilled in U.S. rail incidents last year than was spilled in the nearly four decades since the federal government began collecting data on such spills, an analysis of the data shows.

New Brunswick: Latest derailment and fire fans safety concerns posed by oil-by-rail boom

Jim Bronskill, Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press, The Star, Jan 08 2014

What is being called a controlled burn had been raging for more than 18 hours in northwestern New Brunswick late Wednesday after 17 cars on a CN train — some carrying propane, others crude oil — derailed and caught fire.

More massive tar mats from BP oil spill discovered on Louisiana beaches

Bob Marshall, The Lens (New Orleans), Dec 18, 2013

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster was just a month old and BP’s crude oil was still gushing from the Gulf floor when state officials began to grasp the true scope of the insult to Louisiana’s coast: Beaches, estuaries and wetlands would be under assault for decades.

Inside the oil-shipping free-for-all that brought disaster to Lac-Mégantic

Grant Robertson & Jacquie McNish, Globe and Mail, Dec 2 2013

An investigation into the disaster and its causes.

The deadly secret behind the Lac-Mégantic inferno

Jacquie McNish & Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail, Dec 3 2013

The deadly secret behind the Lac-Mégantic inferno


An investigation into the disaster and its causes.

‘Fireball’ streaks across Yellowhead after train derailment, explosion west of Edmonton

Edmonton Journal, The Canadian Press, October 19, 2013

GAINFORD, Alta. - Emergency crews are monitoring a massive fire burning after a tanker train carrying oil and gas derailed west of Edmonton overnight.

Oil spill preparedness changes need broader consultation, says NDP

Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun, August 26, 2013

Relying on industry for advice is akin to ‘fox in charge of hen house’

Official Price of the Enbridge Kalamazoo Spill, A Whopping $1,039,000,000

Desmog Canada, 26 Aug 2013

The largest onshore oil spill in US history - Enbridge's ruptured Line 6B that released nearly 3 million liters of tar sands diluted bitumen into a tributary of the Kalamazoo River in Michigan - finally has an official price tag: $1,039,000,000 USD. That's according to newly disclosed figures released by Enbridge in a Revised Application to expand another one of its pipelines, the Alberta Clipper.

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.

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.

Gulf oil spill: Halliburton to plead guilty to destroying evidence

Reuters, Guardian.uk, July 26 2013

Contractor to plead guilty over deleted computer simulations testing methods used to cement Deepwater Horizon well

Halliburton has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the US department of justice said on Thursday.

Quebec town rocked by explosions, fire after derailment

CBC News, July 6 2013

Train derailment in Lac-Mégantic forces 1,000 from homes as several reported missing

Lac-Megantic, Quebec: Train carrying crude oil derails, explodes

Canadian Press, Montreal Gazette, July 6 2013

MONTREAL - By mid-morning Saturday, 10 hours after a train derailment set off a series of explosions, firefighters still could not get near the centre of the fire raging in the downtown area of historic Lac Mégantic, authorities told media.

Second spill in as many weeks shuts Kinder Morgan pipeline

Dene Moore, The Canadian Press; With File From Mike Hager, Vancouver Sun, June 28, 2013

Forces closure of only route linking Alberta oilfields and coast

As one Kinder Morgan crew worked on stemming an oil leak from its Trans Mountain pipeline in British Columbia on Thursday, another worked on winning over the province's reluctant public for a major expansion of the line.

'Every plant and tree died:' Huge Alberta pipeline spill raises safety questions

Kiley Kroh, Climate Progress, June 19 2013

Following initial speculation that the leak stemmed from aging infrastructure, officials from Apache Corp. revealed that the pipeline was only five years old and had been designed to last for 30.

Canada raises liability for offshore oil spills to $1-billion

Shawn McCarthy, The Globe and Mail, Jun. 18 2013

OTTAWA — The federal government will raise the bar for oil companies operating off the East Coast and in the Arctic, increasing the limit on their liability for environmental and other damage from a blowout or oil spill to $1-billion.

Extracting info: Why’s it so hard to get the goods on oil spills?

Leslie Young, Global News, May 22 2013

CALGARY – It can be tough to get a good sense of how safe Alberta’s oil industry is when you can’t access the information you need.

The Case of the Disappearing Dilbit: How Much Oil Was Released in 2010 Pipeline Spill?

Lisa Song, Inside Climate News, May 6 2013

A crucial number is removed, without explanation, from the EPA website that is tracking the cleanup of the 2010 dilbit spill Michigan’s Kalamazoo River.

Plains Midstream charged in 2011 Rainbow Pipeline spill

Karen Kleiss, Edmonton Journal, April 26, 2013

Government acts after receiving Greenpeace report

EDMONTON - One day after receiving an advance copy of a scathing Greenpeace report, the Alberta government charged Plains Midstream Canada in connection with the Rainbow Pipeline oil spill.

Mayflower, meet Exxon: When oil spilled in an Arkansas town

Edward McAllister, Reuters, Globe and Mail, Apr. 11 2013

MAYFLOWER, ARK. — Warren Andrews had just finished putting up balloons for his stepdaughter’s 18th birthday party at their suburban home in Mayflower, Ark., when his wife came inside and said something was wrong.

After stepping out of his house, and taking one glance, he immediately dialled 9-1-1.

2 file federal suit over Arkansas oil spill

Associated Press, Houston Chronicle, April 5 2013

MAYFLOWER, Ark. — Two women who live near an ExxonMobil pipeline that ruptured last week and spilled thousands of barrels of oil in central Arkansas filed a federal lawsuit against the company on Friday.

Enbridge says clean-up in Calhoun County beginning to cut into bottom line

WKZO, Kalamazoo, March22 2013

MARSHALL (WKZO) -- Enbridge Energy Partners estimates that the EPA’s order requiring it to dredge sections of the Kalamazoo River where submerged oil remains will push the clean-up bill an additional 175-million dollars, to almost one billion dollars total.

That would be above and beyond what is covered by their insurance policy.

Enbridge: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Jack Lessenberry, Dome Magazine, August 24 2012

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