A pipeline breach in northern Alberta last week that resulted in approximately 4.5 million litres of oil being spilled should be a reminder of the dangers that could face the region with Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline project, says Skeena – Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen.
“This should be another nail in the coffin for any idea of a pipeline across BC, and unfortunately paints a pretty clear picture of what happens when you ship oil over land. And it should be noted that this spill happened in an area that is a lot less rugged than on the coast and the proposed route for Enbridge,” he added.
“Those that say spills don’t happen or that this project will be too modern will be reminded that this is Russian roulette – you never know when or where a spill will take place.”
The leak in the 44-year-old pipeline, owned by Plains Midstream Canada, was first reported after a drop in pressure in the line on Friday and was repaired later that day.
While he wouldn’t comment on the specific situation with this spill, Enbridge Northern Gateway spokesman Paul Stanway said comparing that pipeline to the Enbridge project is not a fair comparison. “The two are not alike at all…my understanding is the pipeline is 44-years-old and technology has changed significantly since then.
“We’ll be using the most advanced technology available in the line,” he said, adding any pipeline is still subject to approval following the ongoing regulatory review.
“There will be public hearings that will test all of our assurances and engineering.”