Oil history


Open Data on the History of Oil Spills in Alberta, 1975-2013 2

Global News has made a very substantial contribution to the study of the history of oil pipeline spills in Alberta. As I previously wrote in May, Leslie Young, Anna Mehler Paperny, Francis Silvaggio, and a production team from GlobalNews.ca assembled the most comprehensive chronology of oil pipeline spills in Alberta, covering […]


Nature’s Past Canadian Environmental History Podcast Episode 38 Now Available

Episode 38 Histories of Canadian Environmental Issues, Part 8 – Tar Sands: 29 May 2013 [audio: http://niche-canada.org/files/sound/naturespast/natures-past38.mp3][01:38:37] The northern Alberta tar sands (or bitumen) resource is the most well-known environmental issue in Canada today. Representing both a significant component of the nation’s resource economy, and the single greatest threat to […]


Alberta Oil Spill History Uncovered, 1975-2013 6

Leslie Young, Anna Mehler Paperny, Francis Silvaggio, and a production team from GlobalNews.ca have just compiled and published the most comprehensive chronology of Alberta oil spills, spanning a period from 1975 to 2013. Following an eleven-month investigation, the reporters acquired a nearly complete set of records regarding spills of crude oil, […]


Talking with Rick Cluff about the History of Pipeline Hearings in Canada

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of, once again, speaking with Rick Cluff on CBC Vancouver’s “Early Edition” about the history pipeline hearings in Canada. Rick and I discussed the Mackenzie Valley pipeline inquiry (1974-1977) and how it compared to the current hearings on the Enbridge-proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline. […]


Pipeline Hearings in Canadian History

Last Friday, the National Energy Board continued its community hearing process in Victoria, BC for the Enbridge-proposed Northern Gateway pipeline. As the hearings have now moved to the southern cities, including Victoria and Vancouver, the NEB decided to separate the public from the hearing proceedings under way at the Delta […]


Talking Oil Pipeline and Environmental Regulation History on CBC Radio Tomorrow Morning

Tomorrow morning I will be doing a series of short interviews on CBC radio morning shows across the country. This will be based on my ongoing research on the history of oil pipeline spills in Canada. For those interested in listening, here is the schedule: 6:00 am ET Ontario AM  […]


Nature’s Past Canadian Environmental History Podcast Episode 31 Available

Episode 31 Histories of Canadian Environmental Issues, Part 1 – Global Warming: 26 September 2012 [audio: http://niche-canada.org/files/sound/naturespast/natures-past31.mp3][01:17:52] Since the World Conference on Changing Atmosphere was held in Toronto in 1988, Canadians have participated in discussions of climate change prevention and adaptation. The UN-established and Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate […]


CKNW 980AM Interview on Canadian Oil Pipeline Spill History 4

On Tuesday afternoon, I was invited to speak with John McComb, host of “The World Today,” on CKNW 980AM in Vancouver. We discussed my current research on the history of oil pipeline spills in Alberta and the rest of Canada. We spoke primarily about recent spill frequency in the past […]


Radio Canada International Interview on Oil Pipeline Controversies

Earlier this week, I spoke about the history of oil pipeline construction in Canada and recent pipeline controversies in British Columbia on Radio Canada International. This was a follow-up to my series of interviews on CBC Radio One regarding the 2010 Enbridge oil pipeline spill near Marshall, Michigan. I was […]


An Environmental History of Oil Spills on the Interprovincial Pipeline, 1949-2012 2

On Tuesday July 10, 2012, the US National Transportation Safety Board released its report on the July 2010 oil spill near Marshall, Michigan on a pipeline operated by Enbridge. The rupture leaked an estimated 20,083 barrels of crude oil (3,193 cubic metres) onto surrounding wetlands and drained into Talmadge Creek […]