A 24-inch pipeline ruptured on May 19, 2015, releasing approximately 101,000 gallons of oil onto the coastal area near Santa Barbara. Some of the oil entered into the ocean, creating a nine mile long oil slick. According to an article in the LA Times, the rupture occurred because “corrosion had eaten away nearly half” of the pipeline’s metal wall. Most of the spilled oil was not recovered. A California state Grand jury tried the company responsible and now word comes that Plains All American has been indicted for causing the Santa Barbara Oil Spill.
Rumour has it British Columbia may be on the verge of coming to an agreement with Alberta that could overcome one of the biggest hurdles confronting the Site C Dam project. Though the province is not expected to need the controversial dam’s electricity until about 2029, if ever, there are conditions under which Alberta might be willing to purchase it. Premier Rachel Notley told theGlobe and Mail this isn’t a simple quid per quo deal, but also made it clear the deal must include a pipeline. In response, British Columbia’s Minister of Environment once again reaffirmed the position her government adopted in 2012. BC’s five conditions must be met before the government will support a pipeline project.
Though some are shocked by revelations that the Prime Minister has made the Energy East and Trans Mountain pipeline projects a priority, this is not inconsistent with the views he has expressed in the past. Trudeau has not deceived us.
The province of British Columbia was not able to respond in time to be part of Monday’s broadcast, “Bitumen Sinks & Is Almost Impossible to Clean Up.” However a Ministry of Environment spokesperson emailed and BC says it cannot support Kinder Morgan Pipeline at this time.
Before May 20, the National Energy Board is expected to recommend that Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion be approved. If the Government of Canada agrees, we could see a seven-fold increase of tankers carrying diluted bitumen through the most populated area of British Columbia. In preparation for this, BC wants input on a “world-leading” provincial spills regime. Continue reading BC Wants Input On A “World-Leading” Provincial Spills Regime→