REPORTING · 25th June 2012
Toronto Star June 20/2012:
“Three major oil spills in Alberta in the last six weeks is a proof that the government needs stricter regulations and oversights over the province’s aging pipeline infrastructure”.
The latest spill occurred earlier this week (June 19) in NE Alberta near the town of Elk Point, where Enbridge confirmed a spill of about 230,000 litres through its pumping station on the Athabasca pipeline.
The biggest incident was earlier this month near Red Deer and Sundre in central Alberta, where 475,000 litres of oil from Plains Midstream Canada leaked, some of it spilling into the Red Deer River.
In May, a Pace Energy Oil and Gas oil leak near Rainbow Lake in the northwest of the province spilled about 5,000 barrels.
“Keeping track of all of these is getting harder and harder,” said Alberta Surface Rights Group, “It doesn’t matter what the number of litres are. It’s critical to get these pipelines out of the water system.”
Residents, vacationers and business owners are launching a class-action lawsuit against a Canadian oil company after they say a major spill earlier this month devastated property value.
Merchant Law Group filed the suit Friday against Plains Midstream Canada after a pipeline spilled 475,000 litres of sour crude oil into Red Deer River and Gleniffer Lake near the town of Sundre earlier this month — one of three major spills in the last six weeks.
Realtors who were consulted suggest property values have been halved as a result of the spill.
“You just get a cloud over the area,” Merchant said. “It’s just absolutely destroyed the value of these properties.”
Vacationers who flock to the lake and business owners who benefit from seasonal booms will also suffer financial loss as a result of the spill, he said.
“For those people, some of them are just devastated,” he said. “Whether business ever picks up, we don’t know.”
Calgary Herald June 23/2012:
”Within a few days a pipeline rupture spilled as much as 480,000 litres of sour crude oil into the important central Alberta river system.”
The latest Alberta pipeline leak is the worst in recent years. It spilled nearly half a million liters of oil into the Red Deer River, including Gleniffer reservoir, a source of drinking water for many residents in Sundre area. Several families were forced to leave their houses and suffered health problems due to inhaling toxic fumes.
And yet "These types of spills are rare," said Darin Barter, with Alberta's Energy Resources Conservation Board.
Water is the most precious resource we have. It is irreplaceable and we should protect it at all cost. Without clean water, we won’t exist and no amount of money or assets would change it.
We can’t drink oil or eat money!!!
Ann Parker, Terrace