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NEWS RELEASE · 9th April 2010
Concerned Northwest BC residents are reacting to news of yet another Enbridge oil spill, this one in Manitoba where an Enbridge pipeline spilled more than 1,500 litres of crude oil this week. They say repeated spills from Enbridge pipelines demonstrate that the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline is too risky for Northwest B.C.’s salmon watersheds.

Earlier this year Enbridge had a spill of over 3,000 barrels in North Dakota and had 80 spills recorded in 2008.

“Every time we turn around Enbridge is spilling more oil,” says Nikki Skuce, Campaigner with ForestEthics. “Their claims that our wild salmon watersheds and coastline will be safe are sounding more and more absurd with each spill they report.”

Oil from yesterday’s Manitoba spill leaked into a creek near the town of Virden, and could eventually seep into the Assiniboine River.

"By oil field standards, you know, it's a small to average spill site. But there is a big difference between [a spill] on a flowing water body and on solid land," Virden Mayor Bruce Dunning told CBC yesterday.

“If this spill had happened in a similar sized waterway along the Bulkley or Copper Rivers at this time of the year, thousands of emerging salmon would be put at risk, as well as adult steelhead getting ready to spawn,” said Todd Stockner, Fishing Guide. “For angling guides and recreational anglers, an incident like this underscores the importance of protecting our waterways for our economy and lifestyle.”

Studies show Skeena River wild salmon contribute over $100 million annually to the regional economy.

“The record clearly shows that Enbridge cannot prevent oil spills from its pipelines,” said Jennifer Rice, Chair of Friends of Wild Salmon. “Given the value of wild salmon, the only reasonable solution is to keep oil pipelines out of our salmon watersheds altogether.”

This week also saw a Chevron pipeline spill 18,000 gallons of crude oil into a canal in the Delta National Wildlife Refuge southeast of New Orleans, and a Chinese coal freighter ram into Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park where it’s been leaking heavy engine fuel ever since.
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Comment by Bob Frank on 15th April 2010
having terrace as my home town i am always curious about northwest topics. has anyone tried to contact enbridge to leave a comment. their website is gone. my concern is , why kitimat ? one would think that running the line up the telkwa river and down the copper river could be quite hazzardous to that environment. a spill into either could be detrimental to the fish habitat of the skeena fisheries. would it not make more sense to run the pipeine south from vanderhoof to bella coola ? much closer to the open ocean and less confining for the tankers.
Comment by Jim Ippel on 12th April 2010
The only people we hear from are the naysayers, and they have lists,the facts, and postings of all spills by Enbrige, and every other oil company. What they fail to tell us is the percentage of oil spilled compared to the amount of oil pumped through the pipeline.
Now, please don't get me wrong, I don't like oil spills anymore than the ECO-TERRORISTS, but I am receptive to listening to both sides of the equation, much unlike the GREENERS.
There is a risk in every undertaking, and if we take the untmost precautions, we shall perservere. I fully believe that the proceedures that are proposed for transporting oil from Kitimat to the open ocean are extremely acceptable. The proposal to use large Tugs to stabalize the movement of Tankers is commendable, and if you have seen the size of thes Ocean going Tugs, I am sure you will agree.
To give you a general idea of the size of one of these Tugboats, they take on two hundred thousand litres of fuel when low, or the equivelent of four Super B Train fuel trucks. Are they big, are they powerfull, nothing like them, and they work the West Coast of BC.
Forget about the Exon Valdez, it had a drunk skipper at the helm, and that was years ago. Technology has advanced mega since then.
It is highly unlikely, and I would say virtually impossible to have the Skippers of two large tugs, and a special Pilot all stupid at the same time.
Get your head out of the sand, and look for the future. The more oil we export, the better it is for our country,,,,,,,,,,,,,now we just have to figure out a way to lower our gas prices so we can holidy more.
Comment by Adam Kirkwood on 9th April 2010
I'm all for capitalism and making a profit, but this is a bit to scary for my tastes... and as cool looking as those great big boats are, I'm not entirely enthused about having them traipsing up and down one of the most hazardous waterways in the world...