Pipelines


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  […]


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 […]