Enbridge: Michigan oil spill… response “too little, too slow” suggest U.S. officials

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Well… don’t forget this:

July 27 2010 Oil leaks into the Kalamazoo River Tuesday afternoon in Michigan

there’s some irony here maybe… a Canada Goose done in by a Canadian pipeline company…

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Michigan River (Gazette / Jonathon Gruenke)

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A worker from Enbridge Energy skims oil off the surface of the Kalamazoo River after a pipeline ruptured in Marshall, Michigan, on Tuesday, July 27, 2010. (Andre J. Jackson/Detroit Free Press/MCT)

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This out of Michigan today:

Michigan oil spill Enbridge’s ‘highest priority’

Globe and Mail

Tag line to Globe and mail article suggests:

U.S. politicians say Canadian oil company’s response too little and too slow

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But not to worry it’s only about 3,000,000 litres…

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But remember this from the nice glossy pamphlet?

I’m feeling pretty confident about this:

Enbridge pamphlet

I wonder if that’s Mr. Pelpola (fellow in picture below “Lead Environmental Consultant”) in the hazmat suit above covered in oil…?

Enbridge pamphlet

Sure Enbridge… a pipeline through Northern BC sounds like a great idea… It’s not a matter of “if” — just a matter of “when”.

5 thoughts on “Enbridge: Michigan oil spill… response “too little, too slow” suggest U.S. officials

  1. tlellami

    Exactly, “It’s not a matter of “if” – just a matter of “when”. ”

    I really feel like we’re being way too complacent about the whole pipeline proposal. Is there not anyone championing opposition to this proposal? As a citizen of Vancouver, I rarely hear much about the pipeline – perhaps there is more vocalization about it up north? Honestly, it’s so quiet down here that I feel as though the proposal has been withdrawn.

    T.

  2. salmon guy Post author

    Yeah, there is some opposition here in the north – thankfully. For example, the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (http://www.cstc.bc.ca/cstc) which represents several Bands whom which the proposed pipeline would cross. There’s also Friends of Wild Salmon (http://www.friendsofwildsalmon.ca/) and the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition (http://www.skeenawatershed.com/) and the Coastal First Nations Alliance (http://coastalfirstnations.ca/); a press release came out of there yesterday re: the Enbridge spill:
    http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Enbridge-Oil-Spill-Bleak-Reminder-of-Dangers-of-Gateway-Pipeline-1296382.htm

    The Dogwood Initiative (http://dogwoodinitiative.org/) out of Victoria also has quite a bit of material and some more photos of the spill from yesterday as well as some discussion around Enbridge’s safety claims.

    The Council of the Haida Nation has also remained clear for years that the moratorium on oil tanker traffic and offshore oil exploration must be maintained.

    So, yes, certainly some well organized opposition. There’s also some business opposition from Kinder Morgan (another pipeline company) as they see it as a waste of time, energy and resources to build the Northern Gateway project. However… if that’s the case then Vancouver can certainly look forward to a growing number of oil tankers plying English Bay and such, as the current insatiable appetite of Asia grows.

    The proposal has certainly not been withdrawn… Enbridge did file for regulatory review and the process is certainly underway.

    good old Jobs vs. Environment debate…

  3. priscilla judd

    What Alexandra Morton observed in her e-newsletter was that the cod went and Hibernia moved in. I imagine the loss of cod got rid of any fishing lobby that wanted to protect habitat and the wild fish that need it. Is there an oil motive by fish extinction? Is that what’s going on in BC? Maybe we can better understand the psyco -babel that confuses the importance of wild salmon and overlooks the possible extinction of fish in BC coastal water. .

  4. Me

    You know why, it was too little and too slow, try instantly getting work visas for a couple hundred people to come in and get to work, you have to wait for a week just to get visas.

    Also, yes, always show the amount in the smallest reasonable measurement, 3,000,000 litres has a big impact on the viewer, what you failed to mention is, thats only about 800,000 gallons or, 19,000 barrels.

    Quit talking poorly about these companies when you have no idea what is going on, all you’ve heard is whats from the media. Maybe try talking to someone in the company for definitive facts, not just twisted news.

  5. salmon guy Post author

    thanks for the comment.
    i have to apologize for using the metric system for my measurements… that’s what we use in Canada; not gallons, not barrels. Plus last time i checked 800,000 gallons and 19,000 barrels is still a rather significant amount of damage to an aquatic ecosystem and surrounding areas, such as the suburban neighborhoods impacted. It’s certainly not a matter of “only”…

    I appreciate your view and potential suggestion that “twisted news” doesn’t come from companies… maybe you won’t like my post then: “continued contradictions and lost language: BP, DFO and Enbridge” http://wp.me/pMOgu-t8

    Companies tend to pump out spin and counter-spin faster then any media outlet. Enbridge is definitely no exception, and I certainly would not be trusting information from a company that is trying to avoid — at all costs — having to settle claims for the damage they caused. Your suggestion, I suppose, would also be to approach BP to get the real story on the Gulf oil spill?

    There are two sides… and yes the media isn’t always the most reliable, but neither are companies. There’s been no shortage of coverage, for example on CBC Radio who have talked to folks actually impacted by the spill and their experience with the company.

    Work visas? yeah, I guess they did have to bring in the cheapest labor possible didn’t they? couldn’t utilize people that are already there? I wonder if Enbridge then has the contingency plan worked into their spill response plans to account for these work visa delays?

    thanks again for the comment.

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