Pipelines


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 […]


Unexceptional Oil Pipeline Spills in Alberta 2

Premier Redford’s remarks yesterday following the recent Plains Midstream Canada pipeline failure north of Sundre really underlined the importance of keeping track of the history of oil pipeline spills in Alberta in both the the recent and deeper past. “It’s actually an exception,” Redford said in regard to the Red […]


Red Deer River Oil Spill 660 News Calgary Interview

Yesterday’s news of the Plains Midstream Canada oil pipeline spill on the Red Deer River and Glennifer Lake has attracted some much needed attention to Alberta’s pipeline system. While this most recent spill of between 1,000 and 3,000 barrels (~159-477 cubic metres) of light sour crude oil garnered a lot […]


The History of Oil Pipeline Spills in Alberta, 2006-2012 18

[This article was updated on June 8, 2012] Late Thursday evening on June 7, 2012, the Sundre Petroleum Operators Group, a not-for-profit society, notified Plains Midstream Canada of a major oil pipeline failure near Sundre, Alberta that spilled an early estimate of between 1,000 and 3,000 barrels of light sour […]


A History of Enbridge Oil Pipeline Spills 10

It seems like oil spill history is playing an especially important role in the current debate over the Keystone XL pipeline and Northern Gateway pipeline projects. I recently wrote up a short piece on oil pipeline spills in Alberta’s history. This history of recent oil pipeline spills associated with Enbridge […]


Alberta’s Oil Spill History 1

On Friday, 29 April 2011, Plains Midstream Canada quietly issued a press release, informing the public of a crude oil spill from the Rainbow Pipeline east of the Peace River in northern Alberta near Little Buffalo, AB. Four days later, following the Canadian federal election, Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board […]