We get Press Releases from the Canadian Government relating to the environment. These Releases use certain stock words or phrases comparing Canada’s policies and laws against the world community.
A recent Press Release dated May 14 from Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, has the title: Minister Rickford Announces Latest Actions to Enhance Canada’s World-Class Pipeline Safety System. The Press Release is linked to a “backgrounder” with the title “World Class Pipeline Safety”.
The big issue at the Guelph Climate Change Forum was Enbridge’s application to the National Energy Board to reverse a section of its Line 9 pipeline between Montreal with Sarnia. This line traverses many watersheds that flow into Lake Ontario. A rupture such as happened with Enbridge’s line at Kalamazoo, Michigan, would have a serious impact on the water supply for numerous Ontario towns. Environmental groups have expressed their opposition to this reversal, focusing on the risks of converting this 38 year old pipeline into the preferred means of transport of dilbit (diluted bitumen) to new markets.
Candidates for three of the four major Ontario Political parties (Guelph riding) set out the position of their party on this issue.
Two days ago an episode on the CBC TV news program, The National, covered a 2010 spill from an Enbridge pipeline into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan. The episode was introduced by a short excerpt referring to the spill. In this excerpt a retired family doctor in the area of the spill commented that “we … Read more
Did you know that Line 9, a 38 year-old pipeline connecting Sarnia and Montreal, may be the principal means for the international exploitation of tar sands oil?
The owner of Line 9 (Enbridge) applied to the National Energy Board (NEB) for reversal of Line 9 as a means of getting tar sands oil (aka bitumen or, when transported by pipeline, diluted bitumen or dilbit) to an ocean port. The NEB has already approved reversal of part of the western half of Line 9. Further NEB hearings into the balance of the line are scheduled for October 15-16 (Montreal) and October 17 (Toronto).
The problem is that Line 9 was originally built for the transport conventional oil from Montreal to the Sarnia petrochemical complex. The consequences of a spill of dilbit are far more serious than a spill of conventional oil. The 2011 disastrous spill of dilbit in Kalamazoo, Michigan was from a more recently constructed Enbridge pipeline that will feed into Line 9.
As Montreal refineries do not have the capacity and/or ability to refine dilbit, Enbridge may re-ship the dilbit to “tidewater” via the Quebec – Maine (Portland) pipeline. From Portland the dilbit can be transported by oil tanker for refining elsewhere.
We are still trying to obtain information regarding potentially toxic spills from the Tar Sands operations. Now our concern extends to another spill from Suncor two years ago that was not made public until very recently.
We invite visitors to the 4RG Site to send a letter to Diana McQueen, the Alberta Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Resource Development pointing out that you and other concerned Canadians need more information before you will accept excuses for this spill.
You may wish to use the following text as a model for our letter.
Tar Sands Toxic (?) water spill! We have previously referred to Panel sponsored by the Walter Gordon Foundation at which Scott Vaughn, the former Climate Change Commissioner, and David Manning, the Representative of the Alberta Government in Washington, spoke. On many topics their views diverged, but on one topic they agreed. The Federal and Alberta … Read more
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